Group protests health care and Sen. Rob Portman at Ohio State

Protestors gathered outside the Ohio Union as Senator Rob Portman attended an event. (WSYX / WTTE)

A group of protestors gathered Monday on Ohio State's campus to voice concerns about the health care bill now up for debate in the U. S. Senate.

They hoped Senator Rob Portman heard them.

More than a dozen protestors chanted "Do the right thing!" in the Ohio Union, where Portman was speaking at an event.

"I'm here because I'm a recovering addict," OSU junior Jacob Carruthers said. "This health bill just passed by the House would put thousands of people like me across Ohio at risk by making insurance unaffordable and out of reach."

A rally organizer said he was affiliated withe AFL-CIO, but he said the rest of the participants were volunteers.

Portman has said he doesn't support the House healthcare bill as it currently stands.

"I continue to have concerns that this bill does not do enough to protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion population, especially those who are receiving treatment for heroin and prescription drug abuse," Portman said in written statment on May 4th.

In response to protest, a spokesperson gave ABC 6 / FOX 28 the following statement:

"Rob is an independent voice for Ohio and he will continue to work on behalf of families who need access to quality health care, especially those who are struggling with opioid addiction.”


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