CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The nationwide "Save My Care Bus" Tour made a stop in the Lowcountry Monday to stand against Congressional Republicans' plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Organizers of the campaign say repealing the ACA, also known as "Obamacare," could affect more than 353,000 South Carolinians.
Janene Smith has a first-hand experience with the Affordable Care Act.
"My children were born extremely early – 17 hours shy of 24 weeks," she said. "My younger daughter died and my elder daughter spent 10-and-a-half months there. When she came home she was on a ventilator and she stayed on that ventilator for seven-and-a-half months."
Now at six years old, Janene's daughter is doing okay. And that's a reason Janene spoke out in favor of the ACA.
"Her fight was not free," Smith said. "She paid for it in her suffering and we paid for it in terms of cost. And without the ACA she would be uninsurable now."
It's stories like Janene's officials with the "Save My Care" bus tour is hoping will stop Congress from repealing the health care law. The "Save My Care" bus tour is a two-month, cross-country tour focused on telling the stories of the more than 30 million Americans organizers say will lose their health care under Congress' repeal plan. The group has already held 40 rallies in 18 states and traveled more than 12,000 miles telling the stories of the millions of Americans who will be hurt by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
"Healthcare is not a Democratic or Republican idea – it's really a human rights idea," nationwide bus tour trip director Anthony Hayes said.
"If we're not going to take care of the least of these, beginning with health care – which is a human right – if we're not going to take care of the least of these then our moral compass has pegged out on the downside," Pastor Thomas Dixon said.
Officials estimate if the ACA is repealed, more than 350,000 South Carolinians would lose health insurance and nearly 30,000 jobs would be lost.
"That's the thing about healthcare, is that you never know what you might need," Smith said. "And it's only when you need it that you really appreciate it."
About a dozen people showed up to the rally Monday. Folks with the tour say it's not about how many were there – it was more about getting the word out of how repealing the ACA would impact those in our community.