Several Wichita Falls residents protest ACA replacement

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - About a dozen Wichita Falls residents protested the bill replacing the Affordable Care Act.

The protestors don't like the change from direct support for insurance premiums to tax credits.

Protestors said those tax credits won't benefit blue-collar Americans and they "tried to warn Americans."

The protestors are part of the nationwide movement, the Indivisible. Gene Newton, the event organizer and former Midwestern State University professor said they're going be holding more events like the one today to inform people about the changes.

"We are trying to activate the public and educate them so they understand the harm that's going to come to the ordinary working person," Newton said.

Some protestors said they just want some adjustments made to the Affordable Care Act.

"I'd like to see the affordable care act kept in place with more access for individuals," Newton said.

Protestors said the best solution is to expand Medicaid which most of them acknowledge would lead to higher taxes. They said they don't mind paying more because it would be more beneficial in the long run.

They said they were also concerned about proposals in the new bill that would block about $500 million dollars in federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The American Health Care Act would keep many elements of the Affordable Care Act. Differences between the two bills like premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies wouldn't take effect until 20-20.