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Crowd rallies in Allentown in support of Affordable Care Act

Crowd rallies in Allentown in support...

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Supporters of the Affordable Care Act flooded into an Allentown church for a rally calling on Congress to not repeal the law commonly referred to as ObamaCare.

Hundreds of people filled the Resurrected Life Community Church.

People at the rally say they fear recently released GOP plans to dismantle the law and make cuts to Medicaid could leave tens of millions of Americans without access to health care.

"I've been an activist for all my life for human values and betterment, and I work in human services, and I think repealing the Affordable Care Act would be a horrible idea," said Kathryn Hoffman of Allentown. 

Organizers invited Senator Pat Toomey, but  he did not attend.

A statement from Toomey's office says the senator addressed the issue in a tele-town hall meeting last week.

During that call Toomey said he favors repealing ObamaCare.

He said he wants to keep the current insurance market offerings in place for two to three years while reforms are implemented.

He said, "We're not going to pull the rug out from under anyone."

People at the rally took issue with Toomey's tele-town hall meeting, they were chanting "We want a town hall, not a phone call."


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