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Small Philly group protests plans to repeal, replace Obamacare

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 Vashtai Bandy (left) leads chants at a rally against changing Obamacare at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Vashtai Bandy (left) leads chants at a rally against changing Obamacare at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

About a dozen demonstrators gathered today at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to protest Republican- backed changes to the health care system known as Obamacare.

Josaif August was among those holding the signs and joining the chants to call for an end to proposals for repealing and replacing Obamacare.  Good health care should be a fundamental human right, August said.

“Whether it’s for young people and kids with disabilities, or whether it’s for elderly people in nursing homes,” he said. “Medicaid is a lifeline for millions of people in this country, and the Republicans are making this into a business issue, it’s a health care and human rights issue.”

Vashtai Bandy said she has many reasons to fight against the change … family and friends who rely on Obamacare.

“I have two friends I know who, without Medicaid, will not be able to maintain their treatment and may die,” Bandy said.

The group called for urging lawmakers to stand up against plans to change the current health care blueprint.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky said he intends to proceed with the GOP legislation being negotiated during the weeklong holiday recess.

The House earlier approved legislation for health care changes that President Donald Trump has called “mean.”

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