National protest comes to Columbia to fight for Affordable Care Act

4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago February 03, 2017 Feb 3, 2017 Friday, February 03 2017 Friday, February 03, 2017 6:08:00 PM CST in News
By: Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA — Dozens of mid-Missourians met outside the Boone County Courthouse Friday to protest against Congress repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Local health care advocates and impacted families joined the nationwide "Save My Care Bus Tour" to voice their opposition of congressional plans to take ACA away.

504,000 Missourians are insured by the Affordable Care Act. 

Columbia minister Wesley Knight said ACA has directly changed his life. His wife was born with a seizure disorder.

"It's a terrible dignity to suffer, being denied access to health care when you're sick simply because you were born with some pre-existing condition," Knight said. "She got sick multiple times and after a couple of life-saving surgeries, found herself with six figures of medical debt that was just un-payable ."

Knight said his wife tried every health insurance company possible, but was denied by each before the ACA.

"What was so difficult about that and what's so sad is that she's a person that gives so much of herself back to society," he said. "We don't want to go back to a time when in the eyes of the health insurance industry, she wasn't a person because of her seizure disorder."

Columbia private practice physician Jeff Frey said the ACA has given his most vulnerable patients access to proper health care.

"If you replace it, make sure you can guarantee that people you're taking health insurance away from can get it in an affordable manner," Frey said. "Make sure that it's affordable access, so they don't have to worry about getting taken care of."

KOMU 8 News reached out to viewers who oppose the ACA all together.

Jefferson City resident Sam Powell said "It caused both what I pay for my family and what my employer pays for me to go up. Didn't help my family one bit."

Joshua Smith of Columbia also disagrees with ACA.

"I have two teenagers and I can't afford insurance. With the 'discount' I was still looking to pay $800 a month. I make $2,000 a month. That is almost half my wages. It's even more through the company I work for," Smith said. "Obamacare has been a burden on the average American."

Read more comments on the KOMU 8 News Facebook page.

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - The congregation at the First Church of God in Jefferson City was treated to a unique experience... More >>
38 minutes ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:59:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The number of Missouri House races lacking major-party opposition has been on the rise. ... More >>
50 minutes ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:47:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A domestic dispute ended with gunshots Saturday night after the Jefferson City Police responded to a weapons... More >>
3 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 1:53:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOESPH, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Western State University is closing the oldest residence hall on campus. The St.... More >>
4 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:48:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A northwestern Missouri boy with a rare genetic disorder has fulfilled his dream of being... More >>
4 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Strengthening and Conditioning Factory is hosting a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network on Sunday. The... More >>
11 hours ago June 25, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 Sunday, June 25 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 6:11:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Four people made it out safely of a house on Rosemary Lane in Columbia Saturday morning after a... More >>
21 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:41:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police responded to shots heard at the 800 block of Spencer Avenue on Saturday just before 5:00... More >>
23 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Cheerleaders rolled up their sleeves and got dirty while washing cars Saturday as athletes at Capitol City... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - A man was taken into custody and charged Friday night after leading authorities on a chase through the... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Members of the Central Missouri Radio Association are inviting mid-Missourians to participate in the National Amateur Radio Field... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Aspen Dental provided veterans with free services in mid-Missouri and across the U.S. Saturday for the Aspen Day... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:29:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some GOP state lawmakers want to give the Missouri attorney general authority to prosecute violations... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge has pushed back until Jan. 8 the retrial of a man accused... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:59:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police are investigating the case of a toddler who died after the vehicle... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:47:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are searching for a man now accused of killing a couple and another... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:42:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an initial 911 call Saturday morning reporting an airplane flying... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:43:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY— The Sam B. Cook Healthplex hosted the 5th Annual Sweatin' to Make a Difference on Saturday. The... More >>
1 day ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:40:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
6pm 77°
7pm 75°
8pm 71°
9pm 67°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly
7:00p
Despicable Me
3:30p
The Legend of Zorro
6:00p
Road House
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Despicable Me
9:00p
Little Big Shots: Forever Young
6:00p
Road House
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld