Cory Booker, Donald Payne, Jr., Ras Baraka and state lawmakers to hold Affordable Care Act rally in Newark this weekend
by Andaiye Taylor/January 12, 2017
A number of local politicians and lawmakers, including New Jersey Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone, Donald Payne, Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires, Josh Gottheimer, and Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, will be present at a weekend rally to press for protection of the Affordable Care Act.
The law, often referred to as “Obamacare,” is currently under threat. The U.S. Senate voted at around 1:30 a.m this morning to approve a procedure that will let them potentially repeal parts of the ACA through a reconciliation bill, which enables the Congress to make changes to spending and tax legislation and, crucially, is filibuster proof. Reconciliation was used to pass the ACA in 2010.
President-elect Donald Trump ran on a platform of repealing the Affordable Care Act and has vowed to sign a repeal of the law into effect.
Key provisions of the ACA include outlawing insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions and charging women more for coverage; the ability of children to be covered by their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26; the creation of insurance marketplaces where individuals can purchase health insurance; and the expansion of Medicaid to more low-income Americans.
Approximately 20 million people have received coverage because of those and other provisions of the ACA.
Earlier today, Payne, Jr. delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Congress to highlight how Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act will affect Americans who depend on the law for their healthcare. He shared a story about how the ACA had helped a constituent who faced dire health problems, in order to humanize what is at stake if the legislation is repealed.
The rally will take place this Sunday, January 15th at 11:30 a.m. at the Robert Treat Hotel (50 Park Place) downtown Newark. RSVP at bit.ly/RallyToProtectOurCare.
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