Michigan Live: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton's support of GOP health care bill sparks protest


KALAMAZOO, MI - Some constituents of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, are not happy with his yes vote on the GOP health care legislation, which they made clear with multiple protests at his Kalamazoo office.

The bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was narrowly approved in the U.S. House Thursday afternoon.

"High premiums, lack of access, rising costs. These don't just impact Republicans or Democrats. They impact us all. The status quo is simply unacceptable," Upton said in a statement released after the bill passed.

"Our legislation is a first step in the right direction to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare."

Two separate protests, one at 1 p.m. and another at 4:30 p.m., took place at Upton's office in downtown Kalamazoo Thursday. The 1:30 p.m. protest was organized by MoveOn.org while Michigan People's Campaign and ProKzoo organized the 4:30 p.m. protest.

The later protest was scheduled prior to the passing of the bill and was a direct result of Upton's decision to support the bill, said Christine Lewis with the Michigan People's Campaign.

Protesters at 1 p.m. took time to enter Upton's office to voice their complaints to staff members while at 4:30 p.m., they lined the street outside his office with signs and chants to make their opinions known.