Local protesters hold "die-in" outside U.S. Congressman's office

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By: Erin Lisch
May 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Monday, protesters held a die-in outside of Congressman Neal Dunn's Tallahassee office after his 'yes' vote on the American Healthcare Act.

The bill, passing in the U.S. House on Thursday, is now in the hands of the U.S. Senate.

The bill would replace the Affordable Care Act, put into place by the Obama administration.

Dozens of headstones and people lying on the ground at a die-in.

When it comes to AHCA, Judith Lyons said, "We just can't let this happen, we can't go backwards."

While lying on the ground. Betty Lanese said, "I don't want us to go back to what it was before the ACA."

Protesters say they're hoping that Senate leaders, including Republican Marco Rubio, vote 'no' on the American Healthcare Act.

Organizer of the die-in, Lakey Love, said, "Keep affordable healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid for all, federally funded programs alive."

At the event, Kathy Winn said, "If the Affordable Care Act needs fixing, we are counting on them to fix it in a way that does not mean millions of people will lose their coverage."

If the bill passes the Senate, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts 14 million people will lose health insurance under Trumpcare after the first year.

"I, along with many people I know-- probably everyone I know-- has a pre-existing condition," said Lanese.

U.S. Congressman Dunn, also a physician, says Obamacare increases premiums and deductibles. Part of the reason he voted 'yes' on the new plan.

After the vote, Congressman Neal Dunn said, "I know there are people who think that this is somehow hurting people with pre-existing conditions-- it does not, we've guaranteed issuance on the insurance."

These protesters don't agree with Dunn, and say they hope enough GOP senators see it their way.

The Congressional Budget Office also says, if enacted, the new plan would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over a decade.

You can see the full report by the CBO , here.

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