Small Group Of Health Care Law Supporters Gather In New Bern

With a recent poll showing more people disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, a small group of supporters gathered Thursday in New Bern.

The latest Gallup poll shows more than half of those surveyed this month, 54 percent, said they disapprove of the Affordable Care Act while 43 percent said they approved of it.

At Union Point Park in New Bern, about a dozen supporters gathered.

The rally was organized by a group called "protect Your Care NC."

Roy Smith showed up and said, "I am one of the success stories. I'm saving money. I've got essentially the same health care plan that I had and I'm saving $300.00 a month in my insurance premium. That's money that I can take and go buy groceries."

Mellanie Carroll said, "I was uninsured for several months. I was stressing you know because I needed my regular visits and check ups and I didn't have the money because I was uninsured."

Organizers centered their meeting around a statement that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis made during a radio interview saying, "The majority of the stuff that is in Obamacare is bad because it's not fiscally sustainable. It's a great idea that can't be paid for."

While members of "Protect Your Care NC" point to that statement from Tillis, another one on his website says, "Obamacare is a cancer on our national economy and it threatens the quality of every American's health care."

President Barack Obama said Thursday 8 million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges.

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