At noon on Saturday, the organizing team behind Denver’s weekly protests and rallies staged another demonstration, this time in support of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
The action comes after a draft of a GOP Obamacare replacement program was obtained by Politico this week.
A couple hundred people turned out in the chilly afternoon to hear speakers give testimony on their personal connections to what they say is a profound need for accessible healthcare.
Though full-time activist Dezy St. Nolde, known as “Queen Phoenix,” was listed on Facebook as the primary organizer, she was not in attendance.
Denver’s rally featured a bit of its own local politics. Democrat Mike Johnston, who has already put his name in the running for Colorado’s 2018 gubernatorial race, told the crowd he’d stand for affordable healthcare regardless of policies set in Washington.
“One of the reasons I got into this race for governor,” he said, “is the next four years is going to require us to say ‘Colorado has a different set of values.'”