There was the woman diagnosed years ago with cancer and the man dealing with severe asthma. Another woman told the audience numbering 1,200 in Soldiers &
Of all the speakers, though, few seemed to fight harder through emotion to get the words out than
The injections they require every few days cost thousands of dollars weekly, enough to overwhelm her finances. "I lost my house,'" she told the crowd and the session's host,
Passage of what became known as Obamacare made those treatments financially manageable, she said. But with the Republican-controlled
"I don't want to start over with nothing," she said. "I need this."
"The bottom line is this is a bad bill,"
He called it "survival of the fittest health care." It's fine for the young and healthy, but otherwise, he said, "Tough luck."
Among those on stage was Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner
Representatives of Pennsylvania AARP also spoke.
The crowd was vocal but orderly, at times cutting in their description of those in power comfortable with leaving the public -- in particular, the elderly -- to fend for themselves in a health system as confusing as it is costly.
"As if they don't have enough stress and haven't worked hard enough in life to deserve the care they get," one speaker said.
She said it's those very services that are on the chopping block, the ones that did for her son what she and her husband by themselves could not, even though they both worked three jobs.
Her message to Congressional leaders: "If it was your child or your relative, what would you do? Can you honestly say you would cut these services?"
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