'Save My Care' bus tour stops in Asheville, calls on Congress to not repeal ACA
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) —
A traveling campaign to save the Affordable Care Act made a stop in the mountains Tuesday.
"Save My Care" bus tour teamed up with Action N.C., N.C. Child, North Carolina Justice Center and Pisgah Legal Services at Pack Square Park to call on Congress to not repeal Obamacare.
On Monday, House Republicans released their bill that would replace former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government's health care role and is expected to result in fewer people having insurance coverage, according to the Associated Press.
The "Save My Car" bus tour is a two-month, cross-country tour focused on telling the stories of Americans who benefited from Obamacare.
The stop in Asheville attracted a small group of supporters with a tough task ahead.
They face an uphill fight against a president who's made his position clear.
"They'll be far better than Obamacare. It will be unbelievable," President Trump has said of his plan.
Then there's a congressman focused on finances.
"Will it lower health care costs and premiums to those people that I serve," Rep. Mark meadows, R-N.C. wants to know.
And an activist focused on people who wants ACA to stay.
"The issue before us is to keep people covered and improve the ACA," Jaclyn Kiger, of Pisgah Legal Services, said.
The approach in Asheville was individual stories, some very personal, from different people and perspectives.
The small businessman offered his perspective.
"I want members of Congress to know that the ACA has helped many entrepreneurs like me take the risk of starting our own companies," said Vijay Kapoor, an Asheville businessman.
A retired pediatrician offered his take.
"There are some things that ought to be changed, but I think to throw out the baby with the bath water, is that old proverbial statement, is wrong." Dr. Olson Huff said.
Then there was the young attorney, unexpectedly stuck between jobs out-of-state, who developed breast cancer.
"I was able to get the best possible treatment, near my family, before the cancer spread," cancer survivor Julia Horrocks said.
And her father, who was thankful for the ACA.
"The ACA saved my daughter, and I would not deny any parent the chance to say the same thing," John Horrocks said.
And finally, Leslie Boyd, the mother whose adult son was stricken with colon cancer before the ACA was in place.
"Nine years ago today, I was holding vigil by his bedside as he lay dying because he couldn't get insurance," Boyd said. "His story didn't have a happy ending because he couldn't get access to care."
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. 10th District, said Tuesday he believes an ACA repeal will pass the House. Statements from GOP senators Tom Tillis and Richard Burr said they look forward to working with House colleagues to repeal and replace the ACA.
The bus tour continues tomorrow in Greensboro and Raleigh.