A Congressional Democrat is defending the Affordable Care Act as Tea Party groups prepare for a March 24 rally against President Obama’s health care reform measures.
Rep. Donna Edwards (D.-Md.) recently testified in front of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in favor of the law.
“I was honored to preside over the passage of the Affordable Care Act in the House and filled with pride to witness President Obama sign the landmark bill into law,” Edwards said. “Although the health reform law has faced opposition from some, I stand proudly and steadfastly in support of the Affordable Care Act and the preventive care, primary care, community-based care—quality care—that will now be received by millions of Americans.”
Meanwhile, various Tea Party groups, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be in Washington, D.C. March 24 for a Road to Repeal rally.
“We are excited these defenders of liberty will be joining Patriots from across the country to protest Obamacare’s assault on our individual liberties,” Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, said in a statement. “This rally is the first and important step to repealing the law.”
Organizers of the rally say they’re against the law because it tramples on Americans’ individual liberties and is “financially reckless.”
“Additionally, ObamaCare will grow the federal government into every aspect of our lives,” a statement from the group read. “It will grow government into a massive bloated bureaucracy making health care decisions that directly affect you.”
Edwards contends that the reforms are necessary for millions of Americans to receive coverage.
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an historic improvement that will put health care back into the hands of consumers while ushering quality, affordable, and more accessible coverage for millions of Americans,” Edwards said. “In Maryland, by making sure people are healthy and care is accessible, we will save taxpayers and the health system $829 million over the next ten years while cutting the number of uninsured in our state in half.”