Protesters gather outside congressman's office to voice concerns about health care

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - A few protesters gathered outside of U.S. Rep. Hal Roger's (R-5th District) office in Hazard to protest the Republican health care plan.

The small group held signs Thursday voicing their concerns about the American Health Care Act and Rep. Rogers' support of the plan.

The bill passed the House last week with a 217-213 vote. It will now go to the Senate where it will likely undergo changes.

People who showed up to protest say they are worried about the future of health care.

"I think this new [bill] is ridiculous," said Virginia Meagher. "I like the Affordable Care Act. It could be changed slightly. I want to look at anything they have in the future. I want to see what the Senate does with us. But, right now, I am glad we have the Affordable Care Act and our health insurance."

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers released this statement to WYMT:

“Since the original American Health Care Act was introduced in March, I’ve heard from dozens of people from southern and eastern Kentucky about their fears and concerns for the future of health care in America. After additional amendments were made to the bill addressing some of those issues, including additional protections for people with pre-existing conditions, I cast my vote of support for the AHCA with confidence.

The bill isn’t perfect, but it isn’t finished. The U.S. Senate now has an opportunity to help rescue our people from Obamacare's unaffordable taxes, mandates and broken promises. And it’s urgent. I have received countless calls from people in our region who have been forced out of their health care plan and now pay the annual penalty because they can’t afford the limited and expensive health insurance options under Obamacare. In fact, half of Kentuckians are left with only one provider to chose from and some families in our region tell me they now pay more for health insurance than their mortgages. The people of Kentucky’s Appalachian region deserve better and the AHCA is simply the first major step required in this rescue mission.”

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