March for Medicare makes its way through Downtown Portland


PORTLAND, Ore. – Demonstrators rallied in Downtown Portland on Saturday calling for Medicare for all citizens.

Just two days ago, Senate Republicans put out a new version of the bill aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Protesters said the so-called Trumpcare bill is a "savage attack on working people and the poor."

President Trump, however, claims that Obamacare has wreaked havoc on American lives.

KATU talked with demonstrators who said they will keep the pressure up to make sure that the bill is defeated.

“For every person to have access to health care, it's a human right and we need to fight for that until it becomes a reality,” said Michael Ferguson, a member of Socialist Alternative. “We believe that when the people show up and they show their support, that's when change happens. And if we just wait for our representatives then we may wait too long.”

The group marched to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield offices in Portland, saying the insurer is not working in the best interest of the people.

On Friday, Trump said the Senate will vote on the bill this coming week.

There are currently two Senate Republicans have said they disapprove of the bill and will vote no. If one more Republican votes no, the bill would be stopped.

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