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California Reps Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare Keeping Low Profile

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) voted in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act. He speaks to the media on election night at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego, Nov. 8, 2016.

Aired 1/18/17 on KPBS News.

While supporters of the Affordable Care Act hold rallies throughout the state, the 13 California members of the House who voted for the resolution to repeal the law are keeping a low profile.

Right before the House of Representatives went on recess Friday, 13 members of California's congressional delegation voted in favor of a budget resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Since then, according to the nonprofit group Health Access California, none of those members have town halls or other public events this week listed on their websites.

The group's executive director, Anthony Wright, said there's a good reason for that.

"They have no answers to the questions that Californians have about what happens to their coverage," Wright said. "Should they be worried if they have a pre-existing condition, if they have Medi-Cal coverage, if they get financial help through Covered California to be able to afford coverage?”

Representatives from other states have been pressured by constituents to explain the Republican plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Millions of Californians could lose their health insurance if Obamacare is repealed without an adequate plan to replace it.

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