HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The Hanover County Democratic Committee placed 16 signs around Hanover in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Members of the committee and other Hanover residents originally sent postcards to U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman and President Donald Trump, voicing their concerns about the ACA repeal and issuing their support to the bill, also known as "Obamacare."
There were also letters written about other issues, such as climate change. Realizing the impact these personal stories had, the Democratic Committee decided to take some of the stories, blow them up onto lawn signs, and place them around the county.
The signs are personal testimonies about how the ACA helped Hanover families since its inception. Deb Jacobs, a Hanover resident, used the ACA to get the insurance company to pay for a clinical trial when her daughter was fighting Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
She says without the ACA, her daughter wouldn't have received treatment because her insurance company denied them.
"I wrote that Congress should repeal their own healthcare before they take healthcare from a cancer kid," Jacobs said. "One of the things Obama did was force insurance companies to cover cancer kids."
Toni Radler, the chairperson of the Hanover County Democratic Committee, said she hopes these signs show how the ACA has personally affected people locally.
"The best messages we can give are on these postcards because they are real messages from real people, not (a) political platitude," Radler said. "I think it's important to put a face on what people are arguing about in Washington."
The Hanover County Republican Committee and the Patrick Henry Tea Party have their own and very different messages to spread. The Tea Party has had signs placed in about 20 locations around Hanover for the past seven years.
Russ Wright, the chairman of the Republican Committee responded to these new Democratic signs by saying, "There's too much text for an effective road sign. This sort of topic is better for a discussion or a debate rather than handled in a sign. I feel sorry for anyone involved with those signs since it seems like a lot of wasted time and money."
The Democratic Committee believes their signs can and will make all the difference.
"We're hoping people understand the need and start looking at this healthcare issue in kind of a very personal way," Radler said.
Iris Jacobs died after fighting cancer for two years.
Another way to support the research is to buy a song created and dedicated to Iris. All proceeds will go towards cancer research,
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