Locals rally in hopes nobody loses health insurance if Obamacare is repealed


Local supporters of the Affordable Care Act are calling on Washington to create a plan to make sure people don’t lose their healthcare.

The Save My Care Tour Bus has been traveling thorughout the country, rallying to save the ACA, better known as Obamacare.

It stopped at Binghamton City Hall Friday, where advocates along with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Broome County Executive Jason Garnar rallied to make sure people don’t lose coverage if the ACA is repealed.

They say a strategic plan should be put into place to protect the estimated 30-million Americans who utilize Obamacare, instead of just repealing it.

Local physician Dr. Mark Epstein says patients sometimes refuse treatment because they simply can’t afford it.

“There are no plans, except to make care unaffordable for the average working person. In 40 years of practicing medicine, I saw many people who would bypass tests or not take their medicines because they couldn’t afford them,” said Epstein.

Garnar says an estimated 20,000 area residents would lose healthcare coverage if Obamacare is repealed.

Other participants who utilize the ACA told their success stories and why it works for them. 

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