Health
4:35 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Hundreds from Pennsylvania Join Healthcare Rally in D.C.

16 buses carrying people from all over Pennsylvania made their way to the nation's capital to participate in the "Hands Off My Healthcare Rally" that's taking place as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

"I think most of us feel this is a direct assault on our health, our families, and on our ability to make decisions that are made for us by nameless, faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington, DC," said Jennifer Stefano, director of the Pennsylvania chapter of Americans for Prosperity.

That group is expecting thousands from around the country at Tuesday's rally. Stefano said their goal is to let the court and Congress know where they stand on the health care law.

"We want the power over our health care, not the government to have power over our health care," she said. "I think for so many of us, this is about asserting something we started three years ago, which is to say to President Obama and his administration, 'Enough!'"

Senator Pat Toomey will address the gathering along with other outspoken opponents of the Affordable Care Act, including Representatives Michele Bachmann, Paul Ryan, and Rand Paul.

There are also thousands rallying in support of the bill, including those who tout provisions such as no longer allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents' plans longer.

The Supreme Court set aside three days to hear arguments on the law, most notably the provision in it that requires everyone to buy health insurance or face a penalty.

The court is expected to issue its decision by late June.