Demonstrators target Trump and defend health care law outside McMorris Rodgers' office
SPOKANE -- They were downtown Monday afternoon to protest Republicans’ intentions to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but many of the roughly 100 protesters outside Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Spokane office said they were there because of the president.
“We just needed an outlet, to express our dissatisfaction,” said Dayle Yates, who along with her husband John traveled up to McMorris Rodgers’ sixth-story office to wait in line for entry. The couple described themselves as longtime Democrats upset with many of the decisions of President Donald Trump, including his choices for cabinet positions.
The demonstration on the street below, organized by the nonprofit Washington Community Action Network, drew representatives of several organized labor groups who cautioned against repealing the health care law without a replacement.
“The (Affordable Care Act), that’s how our people get their coverage, the majority of them,” said Rachel Dorfman, secretary and treasurer of Local 105, a union that represents close to 200 studio musicians and live performers from genres including folk and country.