Memphians hit the streets to express disagreement with healthcare act

Many held signs expressing their fear of the consequences if the AHCA becomes law (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
Many held signs expressing their fear of the consequences if the AHCA becomes law (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Several Memphians hit the streets Friday to show what they think of the Republican's proposed changes to health care.

The Memphians said they believe the American Healthcare Act will do more harm than good. The group stood united and carried signs. Despite being from various groups, they had one common goal: to speak out against the proposed American Healthcare Act (AHCA).

Amber Sherman was among those who came together to voice their opinions.

Sherman is a recent University of Tennessee at Martin graduate and is afraid she will not be able to afford the coverage she needs if AHCA becomes law.

"I was born with a neurological condition that requires yearly MRIs and maintenance medications, which can be expensive if you don't have insurance," Sherman said.

According to Tennessee Young Democrats, Sherman is not alone.

Republicans in the House of Representatives recently passed AHCA by a vote of 217-213. Every House Democrat voted against the bill and 20 Republicans voted against it, but the bill still passed by four votes.

Now, it must pass the Senate and receive the president's signature before becoming law.

If it becomes law, legislation watchdog groups said 500,000 Tennesseans could lose their health care coverage.

London Lamar, with the Young Democrats, was among those angry at Tennessee's senators because of the AHCA. They said the senators have not kept Tennesseans properly informed about the pending Senate Healthcare bill.

Lamar said the AHCA provides insurance companies waivers that allow them to charge people more for preexisting conditions.

"Our senators - Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander - are not listening. They are not available," Lamar said.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to both Senator Corker and Senator Alexander. Corker's office released a statement that said:

The Senate will not be voting on the House-passed American Health Care Act and is in the process of writing its own bill. Senator Corker remains involved in those discussions. He does wish the process included public hearings and has consistently communicated that to Senate leadership but does not lead any of the committees of jurisdiction. He will continue to work with his colleagues to resolve the issues that are driving up health care costs, limiting choices, and creating uncertainty in the individual market.

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