GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The nationwide ‘Save My Care’ bus tour stopped in Greenville Thursday to protest congressional Republicans plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
State Sen. Don Davis, health care advocates, faith leaders and patients who benefited from the Affordable Care Act all attended the event to advocate their cause.
The Save My Care Bus Tour is a two-month, cross-country tour focused fighting Congress’ plan to repeal the law.
Right now there are over 500,000 North Carolina residents who rely on the affordable care act
Representatives from the NAACP, democracy NC and faith leaders say this is a move in the wrong direction.
25-year old Caitlin Chapman has a rare neuro-genetic disability called Angelman syndrome.
Her mother Debbie cares for her 24/7 which she said is not always an easy job.
“She receives Medicaid for both general health insurance as well as for a long term care services and support,” explained Debbie.
That’s why she wanted to be here to support the save my care campaign protesting the repeal of the affordable care act.
“It has the potential to really devastate this population. Caitlin doesn’t have a voice of her own so I become her voice and her advocate,” said Debbie
She is not alone.
Faith leader and speaker Dawn Baldwin Gibson said she is protesting because she has seen what not having affordable healthcare can do to a family.
“We believe strongly that healthy individuals build healthy families and thus healthy communities, so we are committed to protecting the affordable care act,” Said Gibson.
Debbie feels there is a gap between lawmakers and people they represent.
“it would be helpful if there were more open conversations or ways connect with legislators and politicians who are making these very [very] important decisions without ever having met the people that are impacted.”
Debbie wants people to remember one thing as they go forward with impactful decisions.”That we are real, and we matter.”
The bus has already held more than 44 rallies in 20 states.