They believe health care is a right not a privilege.

And that’s why speakers and political candidates at a rally in Wyoming were calling for free or affordable health care for everyone.

“We are here to protest the shameful Republican bill to strip affordable health care from millions of Americans,” said Robert Van Kirk, Democratic candidate for the 77th District Michigan House of Representatives.

Participants in the rally Wednesday afternoon said 20 million Americans, including many thousands in Michigan, will lose coverage under the plan to replace Obama Care supported by President Trump and most Republicans in congress.

It is why emergency room physician Dr. Robert Davidson said he is running to replace Republican Bill Huizinga in the 2nd Michigan Congressional District. Huizinga voted for the house bill to repeal the current healthcare law in place.

“It became clear to me he just didn't see what people really needed,” says Davidson. “They are showing they are on the side of the wealthy and the powerful and really not on the side of the people that elected them into office.”

The rally also included several Democratic candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives. Many shared the personal health care experiences that helped inspire them to run for elected office.

“Because of my mother’s coverage expanded through the Affordable Care Act, I was able to have heart surgery performed essentially free of charge,” said Robert Van Kirk. “It was over $200,000. That’s why it’s so important for me that we adopt a Medicare for All system here in the state of Michigan.”

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