Rallygoers gather at Tippecanoe Co. Courthouse to fight for health care

News 18 joined rallygoers at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse live on News 18 at Five to find out what message they are sending. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A group of Lafayette residents held an emergency rally in opposition to the American Health Care Act.

News 18 joined rallygoers at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse live on News 18 at Five to find out what message they were sending.

Organizers said the purpose of Tuesday’s rally is to raise awareness about the accelerated schedule of the ACA replacement bill, which is set to be voted on by the House on Thursday.

Organizer Tyler Smith said it’s also to educate the constituents in Indiana’s 4th District about the new health care bill that’s being fast-tracked, and therefore keeping people from voicing their concerns to their elected officials.

Smith said they have tried to hold two events prior to today’s, but they have yet to hear from congressman Todd Rokita on the issue. Smith said they would like to speak with him before he votes on this bill.

“But we haven’t heard back and we haven’t had a town hall scheduled,” Smith said. “So we’re hoping to have our congressman come back and talk about these substantial issues. And ideally, before he votes on a bill that is so important to the people of Indiana.”

“We need help,” said rally attendee Patricia Chang. “We’re not takers like Paul Ryan calls us. We’re people who just don’t have quite enough money. And we need care and I want that for everyone.”

Watch the full interview in the clip above to hear from Smith about the status of future rally events.