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Obamacare backers deliver birthday cake, cards to Renacci's office

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    A group of ACA supporters from Ohio’s 16th district protest repeal of the health care law outside Rep. Jim Renacci’s Wadsworth office.

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Constituents of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, who oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act delivered a birthday cake and cards with hand-written notes to mark the seventh anniversary of the law’s signing by former President Barack Obama. PHOTO PROVIDED

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Obamacare supporters delivered a birthday cake and cards to the Wadsworth office of Rep. Jim Renacci as Congress debated its replacement Thursday.

Summit County resident Tara Dyer, along with 16 other constituents, purchased and delivered the cake and cards, which were accompanied by hand-written notes, to mark the seventh anniversary of former President Barack Obama signing of the Affordable Care Act.

Renacci and Medina County’s other Republican congressman were awaiting revisions Thursday to the GOP’s American Health Care Act ahead of today’s vote.

Almost 1,000 signatures

The group also delivered a petition that organizers said that was signed by “close to 1,000” people to Renacci and other legislators asking that they oppose ACA repeal.

Kelsey Knight, a spokeswoman for Renacci, said he is looking forward to supporting health care reform that “makes us better stewards of our taxpayers’ dollars.”

A portion of Medina County is represented by the 16th Congressional District’s Renacci with the remainder in the geographic area of the 7th Congressional District office held by Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville.

Spokesman Dallas Gerber said Gibbs is particularly keen on increasing the use of health savings accounts (HSAs), which are tax-advantaged medical savings accounts available to those enrolled in a high-deductible health insurance plan.

“There were several pro-HSA provisions in the bill as it stood,” Gerber told The Gazette.

Dyer, one of the leaders of the group who visited Renacci’s office Thursday, said she is concerned that millions will lose their health insurance.

She said she has asked Renacci’s office to “explain what will happen to people like me who have pre-existing conditions.”

Dyer said she has rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disorder that makes it more difficult to obtain insurance.

Contact reporter Marina Malenic at (330) 721-4063 or nmalenic@medina-gazette.com.



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