|By Charles Oliver, The Daily Citizen, Dalton, Ga.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"I had to cancel it because I couldn't afford
"I'm really looking forward to the Affordable Care Act taking effect. I'll be able to buy insurance on the health care exchange. I'll qualify for federal assistance to help pay my premiums. I'll be able to go to the doctor when I get sick instead of waiting to see if I get better or die," she said.
Luffman was one of about 40 people gathered in front of the
Enrollment in the health care exchanges created by the law is set to begin Tuesday. Other provisions, such as a mandate that all individuals have some form of health insurance, will start
The protest was arranged by Organizing for Action, which grew out of President
"We are concerned about Congressman Graves' attempts to tie the Affordable Care Act to continuing funding for the federal government," said
Funding for most government operations expires Monday. But the
"There's no chance the
Wade said a government shutdown will hurt the poor and middle class.
"We think that instead of trying to end the law, if he thinks there are problems with it he should try to amend it," Wade said.
"It's no surprise that
In a television appearance Sunday, Graves noted that Obama "himself has amended, delayed or repealed 19 components of his very own law." Those include the employer mandate, which requires firms that employ more than 50 full-time workers to offer them health insurance, and the cap on out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Wade said that he did not wish to see any part of the health care law delayed, including those provisions already delayed by the president.
"I understand why he did that. He was trying to make concessions to get people to work with him, and that hasn't worked. I don't think he has set a precedent to delay other parts of the law," he said.
"My premium went pretty quickly from just over