Story From The Detroit News
A crowd of at least 300, many holding signs emblazoned with “Yes We Did,” packed New St. Paul Tabernacle Church on Saturday to celebrate health care reform in America.
With the crowd shouting “Barack Obama” in unison at one point to show their support of the president, they promised to back him and support Democrats facing midterm elections in November as a show of thanks for the party pushing for the bills.
“There is a lot to celebrate,” said Ernest Johnson, a community activist and executive assistant in Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano’s office. “We made history.”
The rally was hosted by radio personality Mildred Gaddis of WCHB-AM (1200) and featured religious leaders, politicians and community leaders.
The celebration comes days after the passage of health care reform bills in Washington aimed at cracking down on insurance industry abuses, and to reduce federal deficits by an estimated $143 billion over a decade. But as result, most Americans will be required to buy insurance for the first time, and face penalties if they refuse, which has sparked outrage throughout the country.
Republicans have since promised “repeal and replace” efforts to weaken the reform’s impact.