Michigan Democrats hold health care town hall in Portage

PORTAGE, MI — Thursday afternoon, Kalamazoo County Democrats and the Michigan Democratic Party will host a town hall to discuss the high cost of health care and what can be done to reduce it.

The event features state Rep. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor, and Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, D-Dearborn, along with former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, city of Kalamazoo Vice Mayor Don Cooney and Commissioner Erin Knott. The panel will answer questions about what their elected officials can do to lower the cost of prescription drugs and medical care from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Theo & Stacy’s on 5225 Portage Rd.

Throughout the summer, the Michigan Democratic Party and Indivisible groups around the state hosted a series of town halls in response to Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Kalamazoo-based activists and advocacy organizations have held similar events protesting the now-dead American Health Care Act, and calling for U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, to hold in-district town halls to address his support of the bill.

The AHCA was narrowly approved in the House on May 4, but Republicans were unable to rally enough votes to pass the legislation in the Senate. After the vote, Upton and the bipartisan Problem Solvers caucus held meetings to discuss ways to stabilize the Affordable Care Act.

Since the 2016 election, left-leaning groups mobilized to oppose President Donald Trump, but it was Upton’s last-minute support of an Obamacare repeal bill that put him in the cross-hairs of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Five Democrats have entered the race in Michigan’s 6th District, which was among almost 80 seats targeted by the House Democrats’ campaign arm in 2018.

According to an event listing on Facebook, Thursday’s town hall is a chance for citizens to get their questions answered about the “endless Republican attempts to gut the health care system.”

Michigan Trump Republicans, a group committed to supporting the policies of President Donald Trump, kicked off its own series of summer meetings to get more people involved and discuss updates on the president’s agenda. 

In a recent post on their website, organizers said the group is working with local law enforcement and private security to ensure safety at its events after the cancellation of September event scheduled at G’s Pizzeria Bar and Grill in Saginaw Township. The business said it received threats and “negative communication.”

 

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