Dozens Protest Over Repealing Obamacare

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SCRANTON -- Dozens of people protested on Courthouse Square in Scranton against the Republican party's plan for health care that has yet to pass the Senate.

As a business owner, Marlee Stefanelli of South Abington Township struggled to get health care because her two children have preexisting conditions including asthma and type 1 diabetes. Stefanelli was able to buy health care through Obamacare.

"Because we have so many preexisting conditions in our household, it was astronomical before the ACA," she said.

She is one of about 50 protesters here on Courthouse Square.

Speakers included the Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.

"With baby boomers coming down the pike, this has an incredible impact on all of us," said Osborne.

The American Health Care Act, known as Trumpcare, passed in the House of Representatives less than three weeks ago.

Right around the same time Scranton resident Charlie Banks had a stroke.

He's been in and out of hospitals but argues that health care proposed by Republicans would be better than what's in place right now, especially the costs for anyone who goes uninsured.

"I don't think there was justification in what [Obama] did because in the end, these poor people that can't afford it and they have an issue there," said Banks.

House speaker Paul Ryan says the senate should get the American Health Care Act in a couple of weeks.


  • ACA sucked

    ACA was the worst thing ever! Forcing people to get medical insurance just another way for the govt. To control the people. Then fine you on top of it if you don’t have it. Not everyone can afford insurance like me and on top of it you can’t get help because you make too much money . These people protesting just look like fools. They need to look at the whole picture and stop worrying about just themselves. Like I said not everyone can afford medical insurance and then fine them for not having it. How smart is that? How do you expect them to pay a fine when they can barely survive as it is. So long Obama care you suck!!!!!!

  • sara

    I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and put on Metformin on June 26th, 2016. I started the ADA diet and followed it 100% for a few weeks and could not get my blood sugar to go below 140. Finally i began to panic and called my doctor, he told me to get used to it. He said I would be on metformin my whole life and eventually insulin. At that point i knew something wasn’t right and began to do a lot of research. Then I found Lisa’s diabetes story (google ” HOW I FREE MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) I read that article from end to end because everything the writer was saying made absolute sense. I started the diet that day and the next morning my blood sugar was down to 100 and now i have a fasting blood sugar between Mid 70’s and the 80’s. My doctor took me off the metformin after just three week of being on this lifestyle change. I have lost over 30 pounds and 6+ inches around my waist in a month. The truth is we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    They must have kept their doctors, plans, and are saving $2500 a year just like they were promised. LOL

  • El Ma

    The only people who can understand any aspect of “health care” are the companies that provide coverage. Even the lawmakers cannot decipher the industry language and have to rely upon a general perception rather than reading every line, every description, etc., to make an educated decision. Medical providers, pharmacists, and other professional service providers cannot spend their time interpreting the rules – their time should be spent on their patients and clients. Either way, “health care” has nothing to do with “health” OR “care.”

  • Givemeabreak

    Don’t reward the poor they are worthless. They all deserve to die since they don’t contribute like these noble people that are fortunate enough to be healthy and can go to work everyday. Even the ones who do work at their menial jobs and can’t afford health insurance deserve to be sick for not being able to afford healthcare while the politicians get the best care tax payer money can buy.
    The problem isn’t the poor, the problem is the costs of healthcare and prescriptions are out of control. I just know Trump and the Republicans are going to pass regulation to bring these costs down because Trump would not allow these insurance companies and big business take advantage of the little guy. He is truly for the people. Right? That’s what everyone keeps saying. He really cares. Right? He isn’t anything like any of the others that came before him.
    Whatever as long as I got mine screw my neighbor. Her kids can raise themselves when she dies because she can’t afford her meds.

  • 9 Volt

    $2100 a month for insurance for a family of five seems steep for another “small business owner.” Handouts recipients make the most noise because they have the most time.

  • lookback

    Yes, twice as many people than at Comrade Trump’s last rally, at least he is now having a smashing time with his new best buddies in Saudi Arabia, you know, the country where most of the terrorists came from on 9-11. Hook line and sinker Comrade Trump reeled in all the bottom feeders and they’re still mouthing an empty hook.

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