Congressman Darren Soto was in Kissimmee on Saturday afternoon for a town hall on the Affordable Health Care Act or “Obamacare” as part of a National Day of Action to defend the controversial law, and the feedback from attendees was mostly positive.
The Congressman from the 9th District began with a review of the law and how it was working for Floridians. There was then testimonial from some of the constituents that had been helped by the law in previous years followed by a question-answer session with Soto about the possible future of the law with the Republican majority in Washington preparing to replace former President Barack Obama’s signature law.
While the majority of those in attendance supported the law, Soto alternated between questions for and against the law. The majority of complaints from the room in the left-leaning district were points of frustration with the existing divisive environment in Washington.
“There is some hope.” said Soto pointing to Senate Republicans that wouldn’t move on a repeal on Obamacare without a suitable replacement “They see the writing on the wall, nothing is impossible.”
There was a full group of fellow elected officials in the room including State Senator Victor Torres, State Representative Amy Mercado, Osceola County Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez, and Orange County Soil and Water Chair Eric Rollings and Supervisor Daisy Morales.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has introduced an outline for a replacement but no details have been released. With Republicans in control of the House, Senate and Oval Office, some change is likely but analysts predict it could take between eighteen months and four years for any serious changes to take place.
Soto pledged to keep fighting for Obamacare after the town hall.
“Personal stories are what makes these events important.” he told reporters afterwards “We have to make sure our priorities are protected, we have gained the most and the most to lose.”