Hundreds gathered in Exposition Park in Los Angeles to rally in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The rally was one of several across the country held Sunday.
The Senate and House have begun clearing the way for the repeal of many major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Removal of Obamacare would leave 30 million Americans, 5 million of which are Californians, without basic health care coverage.
Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, who is both Indian and African American, spoke at the rally.
“If you are a victim of domestic violence, that you can be denied access to health care because being a victim of domestic violence is considered a preexisting condition. That ain’t right,” said Harris. She, along with the many health care workers, advocates, and patients at the rally, believe that the act, put in place under Obama’s term, is essential for the protection of those with preexisting conditions. The multiple provisions of the ACA give coverage to many in the U.S. who otherwise would not have health care.
A huge portion of President-elect Donald Trump’s platform was run in opposition of the Affordable Care Act, as he supposedly will replace it; the details to replace the ACA remain hazy. Read here for more details on the budget blueprint to repeal Obamacare that was passed through Congress this past weekend. As Trump’s inauguration approaches this Friday, and as he begins to push his agenda through Congress, many are fearful of the things to come. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act has the potential to negatively affect many Asian Americans.
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