WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren City Council voted Wednesday to pass a resolution to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, declaring an emergency.
Warren now joins Youngstown in local communities opposing the repeal.
The vote passed 9 to 1.
About 10 people protested the Republican Healthcare Act before heading into the council meeting — and they made sure their message was loud and clear.
“This is so important for our local officials to to send the message to Washington D.C. and Senator [Rob] Portman,” said Karen Zehr of Valley Voices United for Change. “Don’t turn your backs on your constituents.”
Some even traveled to Portman’s D.C. office earlier this week to protest.
“I was one of the 80 protesters that got arrested,” said Oga Irwin, co-chair of Ohio Positive Women’s Network. “I went because I have been living with HIV for 20 years and the total of all my medicine is over $11,000 a month.”
Republicans in the Senate plan to unveil a new health plan possibly Thursday. Whether it guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions or Medicaid expansion remains to be seen.
“Gutting it is the worst thing that could happen,” Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said. “We all have a responsibility to speak up and speak out on this issue that affects all Americans.”