NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Hundreds made their voices heard by opposing President Donald Trump's actions to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare".
Protestors chanted on the streets of Nacogdoches attracting people from all parts of East Texas.
Middle school student, Allison Cain, made the journey with her grandfather from Rusk, which is nearly an hour away from the rally. The seventh grader said it's important to defend what she believes is right.
"I stand for this. If we don't get out there and voice our opinion and say we're not going to let this slide and say 'You can't do that' then he's (Trump) just going to push us around and get rid of everything we stand for," Cain said.
Several of the speakers lined up by Indivisible Nacogdoches, a group with primarily a democratic and independent following, spOKe on their personal reasons to keep ACA.
Speaker Gloria Morgan said her support for Obamacare was always there when her now daughter-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, she said ACA helped facilitate treatment plans for the cancer patient. Now Morgan wants to tell her story to impact others.
"When you don't speak out, people just think it is ok and they're not really concerned. Maybe the politicians don't think we care, but they are there, we elect them and whatever party they're from, they're there to take care of our needs," Morgan said.
But members said regardless of party lines, most Americans want to see changes in the act, not completely erased.
"I think a lot of people who have actually come out and said that we need to repeal Obamacare didn't realize they're on the ACA. They didn't know they were the same thing," said Donna Todd, a protestor.
Todd made a sign to send a message that 23,100 people in Texas District 1 will be hurt if ACA is repealed.
Protestors also signed post cards to send to their representative in hopes of making an impact.