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More than three dozen people gathered outside the office of Rep. Devin Nunes in Clovis on Thursday, urging him to reject legislation that would end the Affordable Care Act.

Kate Connor, 40, organized the protest as part of the Courage Campaign. She said similar protests were being held in six other districts in the state.

The protest was organized on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and also on the day it was supposed to be repealed.

Legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was short in votes Thursday. President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care and said if the Affordable Care Act is not repealed Friday, it will stay.

 A 4'11" grim reaper on the streets of Clovis, outside Congressman Devin Nunes's office.

"It's a darn good chance most of these 24 million people will die before their time," protester Celeste Johnston said. It's how Johnston chose to dress, saying repealing and replacing Obamacare is a death sentence. "Fix the ACA, but don't introduce this ridiculously bad bill," Johnston said of the American Health Care Act. 

Family physician Sue Stone was alongside Johnston, saying, if the bill's replaced, she'd see trouble with those using the ER as their primary medical care. "The people who really need those services, it gets backed up," Stone said. "They don't get the proper care, they don't get proper follow-up."

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A series of demonstrations are planned across the state to protest House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement proposal, which could lead to heavy financial losses for California and leave more than 5 million uninsured, according to the state Department of Health Care Services and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

A press conference on potential losses for California is set for 11 a.m. at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, those opposed to the Republican proposal are expected to show up and protest in the home districts of California Republicans in the House, including Reps. Jeff DenhamDavid ValadaoDevin NunesSteve KnightEd Royce and Dana Rohrabacher. Organized by the Courage Campaign, a liberal activist network, many are expected to carry signs depicting the “grim reaper,” personifying death.

EVENTS: Release -- “On Thursday, March 23rd, as the House votes to strip away healthcare from millions of Americans, members of the California-based Courage Campaign will hold rallies outside state Congressional Republicans offices with with grim reaper themed posters calling out Congress members for wanting to “kill affordable health care for thousands of Californians.” Link to “Grim Reaper” poster.

Tulare isn’t known much for demonstrations, but last Thursday the small Central Valley farming town became the latest stop in a campaign to call out members of Congress who were skipping town hall meetings during the congressional recess. About 100 demonstrators gathered in a city park at dusk. With signs reading “No Wall” and “Yes to the ACA,” marchers chanted “Keep our health care! No repeal!” as they were escorted across a busy street by police officers. They walked back and forth on the sidewalk outside of the gated neighborhood where Rep. Devin Nunes owns a home.

Kate Connor of the California-based Courage Campaign was one of the organizers for the event. She said people across the state held candlelight vigils asking “Have You Seen my Congressperson?” They called out David Valadao (CA-21), Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39) and Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) for not scheduling town hall meetings.

A group of activists who went to Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's home Thursday night asking for a meeting say they found a closed door and, soon after, the sprinklers turned on.

Activists with the Service Employees International Union, Courage Campaign and other groups tried to visit the California homes of half a dozen Republican members of Congress that night.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, made headlines earlier this month when he was escorted out of a meeting with constituents by police – and then again at a follow-up this week when he talked for so long he outlasted many of the people who showed up to protest him.

But the biggest news about congressional town halls coming out of California lately has been the absence of them. As frustrated liberals nationwide showed up en masse to confront their Republican representatives, part of the broad movement to “resist” President Donald Trump and his agenda, California lawmakers largely avoided the fray.

Residents plan to gather in Visalia and Tulare Thursday to hold candlelight vigils at the offices of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, and Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. Their criticism: The lawmakers are not hosting town hall meetings during the congressional recess this week.

After weeks of protests outside the offices of Republican members of Congress failed to persuade them to hold town halls meetings, activists are planning "search parties" and candlelight vigils outside the homes of seven California representatives Thursday evening. So far, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) is the only one of California's 14 Republican members to hold a town hall this week. 

“With Congress poised to take action on issues that literally have life-and-death consequences — including access to affordable healthcare and the protection of undocumented Americans from unjust detention and family destruction — it is frankly pathetic that California Republicans are too afraid to meet with their constituents and discuss their concerns,”  Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign, said in a statement.

Carrying signs with such messages as “Trump Not My President” and chanting, “This is what democracy looks like,” hundreds of people gathered in Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park Monday afternoon, marking the Presidents Day holiday with a rally against the country’s current leader. The near two-hour rally at the park amphitheater was one of several “Not My President’s Day” events held nationwide in protest of President Donald Trump's proposed policies.


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