More than 100 people protesting Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s position of the Affordable Care Act rallied outside his Bakersfield district office Tuesday.
Activists cited the House majority leader’s support of an ACA repeal as the reason for their protest.
The Central Valley counties McCarthy represents have California’s largest Medi-Cal populations and, said the protesters, stand to lose the most as a result under any plan that Republicans may bring forward as a replacement. They say repeal of the ACA would strip 30 million Americans of health care coverage in the absence of a comprehensive replacement plan.
McCarthy’s district includes parts of Tulare and Kern counties, including some of the poorest areas in the U.S.
The rally was organized by the Fight for Our Health Coalition, which includes Health Access, SEIU California, SEIU Local 521, SEIU-UHW, SEIU Local 2015, UFW Foundation, Dolores Huerta Foundation, UDW/ AFSCME Local 3930, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Project Inform, CIR/SEIU, California Alliance for Retired Americans, Community Health Initiative of Kern County, Faith in Action Kern County, California Partnership, and Kern, Inyo, and Mono Counties Central Labor Council.