Protesters work to try and save Obama Care

By WEEK Producer

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria senior citizens want Congressman Aaron Schock to stop his efforts to take away "Obama Care."

Members of the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans gathered for a demonstration Thursday outside of the congressman's office.

They say the Affordable Care Act gives them free preventive care and affordable prescription drugs.

However, Congressman Schock's desire to repeal the plan puts those services in jeopardy.

The group hand-delivered a letter explaining the need for this law.

"A lot of people are hurting. They don't have insurance, there are families, there are young kids. They talk about the health care hold them until they 25, 26 years old. It sounds a little bit ridiculous, but there are kids out there that are uninsured. If this would help them, let's help then," said William Purcell, President of the Retirees Council of Peoria.

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act since its implementation.