Rally at the Bridge

Sunday is ‘Local Day of Action’ on Obamacare

HOUGHTON — The Affordable Care Act approved by Congress in 2010 is in jeopardy from President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, but a rally planned for Sunday is intended to let people know there are millions of Americans who benefit from the health insurance program.

Valerie Troesch, vice president for political organizing for the Houghton County Democratic Party, said the organization will be sponsoring a local day of action called “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday. The rally will start under the Houghton parking deck behind Urban Rustics on Shelden Avenue. Participants will walk to the sidewalks on both sides of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

“What we’d like to do is fill the bridge,” she said.

She expects some people will be carrying signs, Troesch said, but it isn’t a requirement for participation.

“We’re encouraging people to bring signs,” she said.

Troesch said the local event is in conjunction with similar events to take place all over the country.

“They can take other different forms,” she said.

Troesch said the idea for the event came from a letter signed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California; and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, which called for a day of action in support of the ACA.

Although the local rally is being organized by the Houghton County Democratic Party, Troesch said it is open to anyone.

“We think it’s a non-partisan issue,” she said.

Millions of people benefit from the ACA, Troesch said, and 80 percent who have health insurance as a result of the law are receiving government subsidies to help pay for it.

“The Democrats want credit for standing up for these rights,” she said.