A few dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Rhode Island Convention center where the National Governor’s Association meeting is going on this weekend in downtown Providence. The group protested the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence, as the White House attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Protestor and Providence resident Jacqueline McCleary said she’s worried many people currently insured would no longer be able to afford health insurance.
“What I’m worried will happen is that millions more will lose insurance, that Medicare and Medicaid will be cut,” said McCleary. So millions of old folks will lose their coverage, millions of people on disability will lose their coverage, Americans will get sicker, Americans will die.
Newport resident Monica Scott was among the protestors. Scott works with adults who have developmental disabilities and says nearly all her patients are covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
“The fear is that the folks that I care for every day, they would not be able to get the care that they get now; as far as their medicines and the doctors that they see,” said Scott. “They have pre-existing conditions that they were born with.”
Scott says she also fears for her job, if she no longer has patients who are able to pay.
Already some governors, including Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo, have come out against a Republican Senate proposal to replace Obamacare. Vice President Pence used the gathering to urge support for the Republican healthcare proposal in the U.S. Senate.