Vancouver residents host vigil for health care

A group gathered in Vancouver on March 18, 2017 because they want to protect the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A candlelight vigil was held in Vancouver Saturday evening in an effort to protect the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

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Constituents of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington, hope the event will show her that they want existing health care laws protected. The group is targeting Beutler after she refused to host in-person town hall meetings.

The event was organized by the Hear Our Voice coalition.

The group says 1 in 4 Washington residents rely on the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” for their healthcare and they are demanding that GOP House members protect them from losing that care.

“Now that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million Americans would lose coverage under the GOP proposal, Herrera Beutler owes her constituents an answer about how she will vote,” the Hear Our Voice coalition said.

Similar events will take place in the home districts of other Washington congressional representatives, event organizers said.