Opponents of the Senate Health Care bill were in Downtown Orlando on Tuesday afternoon, to protest the recently unveiled Obamacare replacement proposal, the second day of their three day push leading up to an eventual vote on the sweeping legislation.
Representatives from various groups like Planned Parenthood, CAIR, and patients who in favor of the Affordable Care Act, waived signs on Orange Avenue and took turns explaining on how the law helped them and others in their lives. Some of the speakers required special assistance to deliver there remarks from wheelchairs and through computers.
State House District 48 Representative Amy Mercado was on hand for the protest and explained how she thought the Senate Health Care bill hurt Floridians.
“This health plan is truly a continuation of a state and national GOP assault on poor and working families.” said Mercado “Why? So they can give the largest tax breaks to the wealthiest of Americans and to the insurance companies which are their friends.”
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office announced that 22 million Americans could be left without Insurance under the new plan.
The protest was the second part of a three day push. Last night a health care forum was held at the University of Central Florida to discuss the negative effects of the deal and on Wednesday many of these same participants along with members of other groups will return to Senator Marco Rubio’s downtown office for a “die in”, which involves attendees lying on the ground to raise awareness of the issue.
Earlier that Morning Rubio said he was undecided on the legislation but reiterated his commitment to repealing Obamacare.