Booker, Watson Coleman unite against health care repeal
Glenn Townes | 1/23/2017, 9:12 a.m.
More than a thousand people attended a rally in Newark to protest against President Donald Trump's vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act—commonly called Obamacare---including New Jersey political heavyweights, Cory Booker, Robert Menendez and Bonnie Watson Coleman.
House of Representatives lawmakers in Washington DC, have begun repeal efforts of Obamacare—the signature universal health care plan implemented by former President Barack Obama. “We are here to save the Affordable Care Act, save lives and save people's health insurance, “Sen. Robert Menendez said to packed ballroom at the Robert Treat Hotel ballroom in Newark.
Menendez was followed by Senator Cory Booker—the former mayor of Newark and longtime advocate of dozens of Obama-backed initiatives, including the ACA. Booker asked, “When they come after our health care, will we fight!” Hundreds of attendees shouted, “Yes and applauded.
There are currently more than 20 million Americans enrolled in the ACA, a figure that will evaporate if the Republican led administration carries out its plan to repeal the legislation and replace it with similar or substantive coverage—something that has yet to be unveiled by Trump.
Newark resident Nicole Lewis said she and her two children are covered under Obamacare and unsure about what options will be available if the legislation is dismantled. “They haven't said what, if anything it will be replaced with,” Lewis said. “There is no replace plan in place that I know about.”
Finally, House of Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman did not attend the inauguration of Trump in Washington. “I'm so disturbed about this administration coming in,” she said. Watson Coleman said she will host an interfaith prayer vigil at a Trenton area church. Open enrollment for the ACA will extend through the end of January with new enrollees grandfathered in the plan and being allowed to keep it, even after the Trump administration repeals, replaces or dismantles it.