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Crowd returns to Issa's office - San Diego Union-Tribune

by Phil DiehlContact Reporter

A boisterous crowd demonstrated outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office again Tuesday in support of Obamacare, while on the other side of the country House Republicans were touting their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act.

Nancy Cook, a Vista resident and retired Air Force veteran, said she’s participated four or five times in the Trump Tuesday rallies, which she’s calling “Tuesdays with Darrell.”

“I didn’t serve in the Air Force to have my country ruined by somebody like No. 45 (President Trump),” she said. “He’s turning our country over to the rich and forgetting about the other 99 percent.”

Cook was one of many people holding hand-lettered signs and occasionally chanting or shouting out responses to speakers outside Issa’s office on Thibodo Drive in Vista.Paid Post 

Their signs were all over the political map, from “Save ACA” and “No Wall, No Ban,” to “Protect Planned Parenthood.”

There appeared to be roughly 200 people at the gathering, though organizers estimated the crowd at nearly double that, and a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said the crowd was closer to 100.

A single Trump supporter, wearing a red Make America Great Again cap, stood on the sidewalk across the street from the demonstration.

One of the event’s organizers, Ellen Montanari, said over a loudspeaker that their main message to the congressman is that, “We want health care that is truly for all.” The crowd would be larger were it not a weekday, she added.

“Many people are working and can’t be here today,” she said. “Many are racial or ethnic minorities, and are afraid to be here.”

She presented several people who spoke briefly about how President Obama’s Affordable Care Act had allowed them to get vital medical services they otherwise could not have afforded. One woman said the plan saved “my life, my home and my business.”

Several times the event’s leaders started call-and-response chants, each time with enthusiastic participation.

“Forward together — Not one step back,” was one chant, “Show me what democracy looks like — This is what democracy looks like” was another.

As the event wound down, Montanari and a few other leaders when into the building to meet with an Issa representative.

The House legislation unveiled on Monday would replace the Affordable Care Act with what would be called the American Health Care Act.

The Republican plan would undo the requirement that everyone have health insurance and increase reliance on state programs such as Medi-Cal and Medicaid.

Allison Stratton