Angry over health care plan, protestors stage sit-in at Sen. Johnson's office

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 23:52:54-04

Protestors angry over the Republican health care plan took their concerns to Senator Ron Johnson, staging a sit-in at his Oshkosh office Thursday.

It was part of a nationwide protest which led to dozens of arrests in half a dozen states.

About a dozen people gathered at Sen. Johnson's office for the day, demanding to speak with him. However, they left just before 5 p.m. to avoid citations or arrests when the building closed.

The protestors have asked Sen. Johnson to reconsider repealing the Affordable Care Act.

 "We want to hear from the Senator, we want him to answer our concerns and I don't think that's going to happen," said Kathleen McLaughlin-Hoppe, one of the protestors.

Sen. Johnson already said he won't support the current health care bill, but protestors are worried he will support a modified health care reform bill that would raise premiums and force many off their current plans.

"I'm sure they hope we will fill out the form and go away because Senator Johnson doesn't want to take the time to meet face-to-face, and most constituents he meets with are going to be opposed to this bill and he knows that," said David Fawcett, a concerned citizen.

 A spokesman for Senator Johnson released a statement Thursday, saying:

“Senator Johnson made a point to slow the process down to allow for a better analysis of the health care bill. As part of that analysis he has held multiple meetings and town halls on the issue and has heard from people from across Wisconsin about their concerns. Going forward Senator Johnson will continue to try to improve the bill to make it better for all Wisconsinites.”

The group of protestors said they are still waiting for a Town Hall meeting to address their concerns with the Senator.