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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Two Obamacare events set

Camie Young

Camie Young

A group of volunteers plan to rally Thursday in support of the Affordable Care Act.

People with Organizing for Action’s Georgia chapter plan the event “to get out the facts about how Obamacare is already working and to tell the Tea Party, ‘enough already,’” a press release said.

The rally, scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, comes about a week and a half after the government opened enrollment in health care exchanges, and at a time when thousands of federal workers are furloughed amid a government shutdown.

“The Tea Party forced a federal government shutdown, sabotaging the U.S. economy in an attempt to keep Americans from getting affordable healthcare,” the Organizing for America press release said. “Despite voting more than 40 times to dismantle Obamacare, the law is working and millions of Americans are signing up for affordable coverage - many for the first time.”

Also this week, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is planning a free information event on the health care law.

Johnson, whose district includes portions of western and southern Gwinnett, said certified community health centers and navigators will assist qualified applicants apply for health insurance through the exchanges at the event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Georgia Piedmont Technical College on North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

“It is essential that we take advantage of the opportunity to be in touch with our constituents about the ACA, to explain and help implement the law so people without health insurance can get the coverage they and their family need,” Johnson said. “The Affordable Care Act is not only about securing affordable, quality and accessible health care for every American, but wellness and prevention, economic security and entrepreneurship, the well-being of working families and the strength of the middle class.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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