Healthcare reform supporters rally in Lancaster

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As supporters of the federal healthcare reform law rallied in Lancaster Friday, House Republicans voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

The vote was tied to a continuing resolution that would fund the government. Senate Democrats say the bill is dead on arrival. Further, President Obama has vowed to veto any effort to repeal or strip funding from the healthcare reform law.

“It’s so fatally flawed,” said U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA5). “We voted today to fund the government. So, we’re not voting to shut the government down. That completely falls on the shoulders of Sen. Harry Reid and the Democrats.”

The vote sets up a showdown with Democrats that could lead to a government shut down in less than two weeks. The resolution the House passed Friday keeps the government funded for 11 weeks after October 1, when the federal government’s new fiscal year begins.

Supporters of healthcare reform rallied in Lancaster to tell Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law. As of Friday, the House has cast 42 votes to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act.

“My insurance has paid millions of dollars for my care. I just recently found out it’s back in my right lung, and I’ll be starting a new chemo,” explained Angi DePatto. “If I were to have a lifetime cap on my insurance, that would mean I would be stopping treatment. And, that’s a matter of life and death for me.”

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