Virginia Organizing holds rally for ACA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia Organizing held a rally Tuesday at the Free Speech wall on the Downtown Mall to show support for the Affordable Care Act.

The rally comes as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals begins hearing Texas v. United States, a case that could mean an end for the ACA.

Several speakers with Virginia Organizing outlined the ways the ACA has improved health care. On that list: preventing insurance companies from denying coverage or charging more for pre-existing conditions, and allowing adult children to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26.

Albemarle resident Susan Perry, who has had ovarian cancer for 12 years, said she wouldn't have had health care without the ACA. She urged fellow Virginians to fight for health care for everyone.

“It should not be based on money,” Perry said. “People should be able to have affordable health care, really affordable, not where you just get by."

Seventeen states are plaintiffs in Texas v U.S. and are working to overturn the ACA. The U.S. Department of Justice is also arguing that the ACA should be overturned.

Virginia is one of 20 states whose attorneys general are leading the defense of the ACA.

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