News 12: Congressional Democrats rally to protect health care programs
NEW CASSEL - Long Island's Congressional Democrats led a rally Sunday to help protect critical health care programs amid the Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The rally was held at the "Yes We Can" Center in New Cassel.
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) criticized Republicans for saying they will "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act without actually presenting a plan to put in its place. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, of Glen Cove, urged residents to keep an open mind.
If people want to work together to solve this problem across party lines, if the president really wants to try and reduce the cost of health care for people in the U.S., OK, let’s do that, but let’s not play these simplistic games, where they're going to rush to repeal the law, but not put something in its place,” he said.
This week, the Republican-controlled House took its first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
President-elect Donald Trump says the law is a "disaster," but has indicated support for some of its popular provisions, like ensuring coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and Americans under the age of 26.
Organizers at the New Cassel rally say they will continue to protest throughout the coming week.