Shortly after the inauguration of president Donald Trump, the Republican party went straight to work on the removal of Obamacare. In lieu of the announcement that the Republican party has begun to dismantle the Affordable Care Act protests have been massive. Protests have been synonymous with politics from the very beginning, however, are they effective?
The undertone of these protests range from alarmingly and typically violent to surprisingly creative. Politico reports that “Fervent backers of the health care law shouted down Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), blasting his views on the Obamacare repeal and President Donald Trump’s immigration ban”. Hundreds of demonstrators were in attendance and people were reported to be shouting “Resist!” and “Shame!”.
On a contrasting side, Crain’s New York reported “A group of medical students lay down outside the Midtown headquarters of News Corp. Monday afternoon to protest Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Many were dressed in their white lab coats as they chanted “Not tomorrow, not today, don’t repeal the ACA.” The goal, organizers said, was to draw attention to those who might lose their lives without access to health care. This was named a “die-in” protest.
In these times of opposition, it’s imperative to recognize the not only the Republican response but our own in order to understand the most effective way to respond. The decision to repeal Obamacare has been confirmed, however, many Republicans are running into technical difficulties as well as losing primary support for its removal amidst large-scale protests. With an innumerable amount of people banging on town hall doors and filling streets, protestors might just be able to wear down the Republicans.
featured image: Roseville police escort Rep. Tom McClintock through an audience from the Tower Theatre in Roseville, California on Feb. 4. | AP Photo