We know that Democrats do not like the changes being proposed for the Affordable Care Act, but worse for Republicans is that a large chunk of their own party don’t like them either.
Health care workers and advocates spoke out Thursday afternoon on the Republican's health care legislation intended to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.
U.S. House Republicans are still leading the charge, trying to convince skeptical GOP members to get on board with their replacement of ACA. They said their plan, called the American Health Care Act, will make coverage more affordable and easier to access.
However, Massachusetts Democrats and health care experts disagree.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III blasted the new plan and slammed Speaker Paul Ryan's comments, in which he called the new health care plan an "act of mercy."
"There's no mercy on a country that turns their back on those most in need of protection. The elderly, the poor, the sick and the suffering," Rep. Joe Kennedy III said on Wednesday.
The American Medical Association has also come out against the bill, saying it would cost Americans more money.
Ryan said the new bill repeals Obamacare taxes, spending, and mandates.
"What I want to tell my fellow citizens is that the nightmare of Obamacare is about to end," he said.
Supporters of Obamacare said it's hardly a nightmare, and some local supporters made the case that the Affordable Care Act is critical at the Old South Church.