Approximately 800 people rallied in Philadelphia on Feb. 25, in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.
Doctors, nurses and other health professionals talked about how their patients would suffer without this insurance and would overburden emergency rooms. Some patients described how they would not be able to pay for necessary procedures. For them, the ACA is a life-or-death issue.
While some polls say that half the U.S. population favors the Affordable Care Act, and half want it replaced, most people want some kind of health insurance. Also, they want provisions to protect them if they have pre-existing conditions and allow their children to stay on their policy until the age of 26. If it were repealed, almost 30 million Americans could lose health insurance. Ideally, it would be nice to have single-payer insurance. wherein everyone would have free health care, as exists in every other developed country.
Hopefully, we won’t be burdened by House Speaker Ryan’s plan, which would cost us more and provide fewer benefits. Unless Congress can devise a better, cheaper plan than the Affordable Care Act, we don’t want it repealed.