People packed into the Peoria Labor Temple Saturday, to show their support for the Affordable Care Act. The rally was hosted by U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos who says replacing A.C.A with the American Health Care act would be a mistake.
“It would be one of the bigger transfers of wealth from the middle class to the ultra wealthy in the history of the United States,” Bustos said.
Bustos is concerned that the middle class and seniors will suffer the most under the new bill.
“It’s heading in the wrong direction, it would cost more for people and fewer people would be covered.”
Bustos believes the affordable care act isn’t perfect but believes its issues can be fixed.
“Let’s make sure that the price people are paying out of pocket goes down, the price of prescription drugs goes down, but let’s keep what’s working, there’s plenty in there that’s working.”
It worked for Heidi Yerbi, when her husband Frank suffered a heart attack. He was prescribed a pill that costs a thousand dollars a day, an impossible price without insurance.
“Because we have it through A.C.A, it covers it, we spend 4 dollars a month on these pills, if they take this away, we will not have that,” Yerbi said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare is “rapidly collapsing” and it is “time to turn the page.”