"What's in place for 2017 is in the bank," Lee said. "Politics is always uncertain."
Lee, the rally's keynote speaker, said that people should focus on enrolling before the
There have been almost 45,000 Californians who have enrolled in health plans through Covered California during the first two weeks of open enrollment, which started
A pack of participants assembled outside the clinic and some had signs of support for the federal health plan known as the ACA.
A woman held a sign, "We're in this together," in solidarity for the ACA.
"We don't know what's going to happen," she said. "There is so much uncertainty."
"Four years ago, 18 percent of Californians had health insurance," he told the crowd. Today, that figure is 7.5 percent.
Leopold also said the clinic employs staff who can afford to live in an area known for high rent and real estate values.
Support of the ACA would continue, he said, "no matter who's in the
"There is this fear that cuts are going to be overwhelming," Marcus said.
Marcus also said that health care should not be a private market.
"You can't solve the problem with a for-profit model," she said.
Family practitioner Dr.
"Are you ready to fight for health care?" he asked. The crowd roared "Yes."
"It's an undeniable fact that the Affordable Care Act saves lives," Kirkhart said.
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