LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Several groups are planning protests over Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Lexington.
Many are expected to gather near Bryant’s Rent-All on Red Mile Road where the vice president will speak on Wednesday afternoon. A few of those groups include the Kentucky Democratic Party, ‘Together We Will’ from Louisville, and ‘Our Revolution’ from Cincinnati.
“There are a lot of people here in Lexington who care about health care. We have something we want to say. We would love to convey that to him. Unfortunately, we weren’t invited to come inside the meeting. I would love to have her the opportunity,” said protest organizer Julie Martinez.
At least one group showed its opposition, writing a message on the side of the road. It read, “#VictimsofBCRA.” BCRA stands for Better Care Reconciliation Act which is the name of the Senate bill created to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
“We hope the bill dies, that there’s something done bi-partisan that really fixes healthcare,” Ron Bridges said.
Lexington Police placed orange barricades along Red Mile Road to keep protestors away from the business.
“You know, my hope is when we do a protest like this, our goal is just to be visible enough so people understand we care. That’s the whole point of this.” Martinez added, “I took vacation time away from work to be here this afternoon because it’s something I care that much about.”
“There will be a change eventually, and when that change happens, I’ll be glad I was here,” David Hollingsworth said.