DENVER — Hundreds of people showed up at a rally Sunday in an effort to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Diana DeGette hosted the rally, along with colleagues in the federal and state legislatures and Colorado experts in health care.
Organizers said there were more than 280 inside the meeting and more than 200 others listening on a speaker set up outside.
People like Corletta Hithon, a home health provider, said she would lose Medicaid coverage for several pre-existing conditions.
“I’m not asking for somebody to give me something that I don’t deserve,” she said. “I take care of people and I can’t even take care of myself. I take care of people to live with dignity but what dignity do I have?”
DeGette said in a statement the plan is “reckless.”
“Repealing the ACA without a replacement in place will affect every American, not just those enrolled in the exchanges and Medicaid,” DeGette said. “Repeal alone would wreak havoc on the entire health system.
“Beyond the Twitter headlines and beyond the talking points this is about the future of the people of Colorado those who need to be able to have access to health care and we need people across the state to let your values and your visions for the state known,” Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran said.
“It would make health care across the board more expensive — raising premiums, prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs. And it would rip insurance coverage away from up to 30 million people,” DeGette said.