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February 26, 2017

Demonstrators show support for Affordable Care Act during Philly march

Throngs of activists took to Philadelphia streets this weekend to pressure federal lawmakers to protect new health care laws.

The march was organized by the Women’s March Pennsylvania, a local chapter dedicated to defending women's rights nationwide. At the "Philly Healthcare Rally - Defend The ACA" event, hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon at Thomas Paine Plaza in Center City with signs to make their voices heard before Congress reconvenes following the winter recess.

Elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County), joined other advocates in addressing those gathered to discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by President Barack Obama in 2010.

President Donald Trump has vowed to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare, due to rising premiums created by the law. However, Trump and other GOP lawmakers have indicated a willingness to keep some provisions, including preventing insurance companies from refusing coverage due to pre-existing conditions and allowing children to remain on their parents' plans until age 26.

Approximately 20 million people  including 220,000 Philly residents  have gained access to health insurance since the law was passed.

Check out the scenes from the march: