CHARLOTTE, NC – Dozens gathered a rally in Marshall Park Sunday and at a townhall to express concerns they could lose coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.
“People are really afraid,” says U.S. Rep. Alma Adams.
Congresswoman Adams says Republicans need to come forward with a replacement plan before repealing Obamacare.
“This is not about partisanism. You get sick, doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican,” Adams says.
In North Carolina, more than 600,000 people have coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m concerned that it would be repealed without replacing it with anything or even worse,” says Southwest Charlotte resident Joseph Kleinejager.
Kleinejaeger’s wife has insurance under the ACA.
He says he’ll support any plan that makes it better without losing coverage.
“If Donald Trump and the Republican Congress improves it, that would be great and I would support it all the way. But just repealing it and taking it away is no solution,” Kleinejager says.
But Republicans say Obamacare has become too costly and gives patients fewer choices.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and other members of the GOP say their goal is to come up with a replacement as soon as possible.
“We’ll work for a stable transition period to protect families. We will fight for patients with preexisting conditions, children, parents, and people who need to be protected,” explains U.S. Rep. Deb Fischer.