ACA supporters protest Republican replacement, urge opposition

Published: Mar. 17, 2017 at 8:11 PM EDT
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Supporters of the Affordable Care Act say the Republican replacement comes up short.

And Friday in Roanoke, some of Congressman Bob Goodlatte's constituents asked him to vote against the proposal.

Members of Roanoke Indivisible and two other groups weren't allowed inside the building where Goodlatte's office is located, but they spoke with his chief of staff Pete Larkin on the sidewalk outside.

Ivonne Wallace Fuentes is a member of Roanoke Indivisible.

"This is clearly not the promise that has been made to create a better system," Fuentes told WDBJ7, "or the promise that President Trump himself made that we were going to have a system that covered everybody and lowered the price of premiums for everybody."

Goodlatte's office did not offer a response Friday afternoon, but in a column released last week Goodlatte said he's still reviewing the American Health Care Act.

"Never before has Congress had a better opportunity to act and clear a path for a health care plan that puts patients first, not big government mandates," Goodlatte wrote. "Congress has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare – and that’s what we intend to do."