Feb. 25 at 3 p.m., thousands will unite in downtown Atlanta to march in support of the Affordable Care Act. Marching from St. Mark United Methodist Church to Woodruff Park, the peaceful protesters will pass by the downtown Westin hotel, where the Democratic National Committee is convening. Organizers want to encourage party leadership and lawmakers to fight to preserve former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
Speaking at the march include Staci Fox, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, Kwajelyn Jackson from The Feminist Women’s Health Center and Lisa Parsons from One Billion Rising.
Marchers are alarmed by Republican calls to repeal the act, which has benefitted thousands of Georgians, though not nearly enough due to Gov. Nathan Deal’s refusal to expand Medicaid benefits in the state.
“We have to show Paul Ryan and congressional Republicans representing Georgia that their constituents benefit from affordable healthcare” Michael Rafshoon, a march spokesperson, said in a news release.
Organized by the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, the nonprofit born out of the Atlanta March for Social Justice, the demonstration is expected to draw citizens from every corner of the state.
“At the first march, 63,000 joined hands against President (Donald) Trump’s radical agenda. After hearing his plan to dismantle everyone’s healthcare, many will return,” alliance co-founder Janel Green said in a news release.
A cancer survivor, Green is one of millions who could be denied health insurance should there be an end to act’s rule preventing insurance companies from refusing clients due to a preexisting condition.
“Denying coverage is un-American and immoral. Healthcare is a right for every American. That’s why we can’t let the Republicans desecrate the ACA” she said.
At the march, attendees will hear from politicians ready to block this attack on the most positive transformation of health care delivery since Medicare was introduced as well as concerned citizens worried about losing a lifeline. A Facebook invite has already generated thousands of RSVPs.
A press conference for the march will be held Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Georgia State Capital on the first floor stage.