ACA supporters rally in Vista

Hundreds of supporters of the controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA) staged a rally in Vista on Saturday, urging the Republican-led Congress not to repeal the health care law, which is also known as Obamacare.

Organized by a nationwide group called Our Revolution, the rally attracted more than 200 ACA supporters at the corner of Vista Village Drive and South Santa Fe Road. Many of the demonstrators were holding signs with ‘ACA for All’-like slogans.

In a press release for the event, organizers said, “Don’t repeal the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. Millions of lives are counting on the coverage provided by these programs.”

Rally organizers said U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from 49TH District, was also invited to attend the demonstration, but he didn’t show up.

Issa’s office said the representative already had another public event to attend on Saturday -- the California Republican Party at the annual convention in Sacramento.

Republican President Donald Trump has long been a vocal opponent of the ACA. However, Congressional Republicans are now considering a proposal to temporarily keep federal dollars flowing to cover medical costs of millions of existing Obamacare users but block that aid for any new participants.