Hundreds of community members in Bakersfield marched on Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office to demand he represent his constituents. The call was heightened by hundreds of activists who poured in from across the state because of Rep. McCarthy’s position as House Majority Leader.
The event on Jan. 27 began at Yokuts Park with the crowd singing and chanting. A speaker from the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) got the crowd fired up and moving. Members of CARA, who organized the event, and Campaign for a Healthy California led the march from the park to McCarthy’s office where doctors and patients spoke about how the ACA has saved lives and the impact that repealing could have on people in the Central Valley.
As part of the event, people filled out cards talking about how Medicare and Medicaid have helped them. 51 percent of people in McCarthy’s district use some form of subsidized care and hundreds of people filled out cards. When it became clear that Rep. McCarthy would not meet with his constituents and had locked his office door again, everyone taped their signs to the outside of his office.
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