A group of protesters gathered for a brief period in front of Congress Scott DeJarlais Around 11:30 Wednesday morning (1/18/2017). A handful of persons with signs gathered on the corner of West Main and Maple Streets. Most of then appeared to have be enjoying fellowship, while two placard carriers held-up their message and encouraged passers to sign the petition.
Their concern is that President Trump will repeal the Affordable Health Care Act as well as make changes in Medicare. Before the lunch hour ended, the group was gone.
Earlier U.S. Congressman DesJarlais said, "The President's health care law has failed. Millions initially lost their private insurance plans. Millions more are losing them as state exchanges crumble and employers drop coverage. Premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed, while new taxes and regulations are destroying small businesses and jobs. Obamacare's price tag is double what its supporters promised, yet 30 million will remain uninsured. The law even cuts Medicare for seniors. Repealing it is an excellent first step to health care reform, followed by a plan that emphasizes lower costs, greater choice and better care for all Americans."
The 4th District U.S. Representative concluded, "Americans experience the best healthcare at affordable prices when big insurance and big government aren't meddlesome middlemen interfering in the doctor patient relationship."