Activists in Los Angeles will join more than 100 marches around the country planned to coincide on Tax Day with a unifying theme: The Trump Tax must go. The Tax March in Los Angeles will take place on Sunday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Pershing Square.
“Orange County is going to get hit pretty hard,” said Kimberly Adams, a member of the SoCal Health Care Coalition Advisory Council and speaker at the Tax March. In advance of the rally, Adams talked to SoCal Daily about her motivations for wanting to get more involved.
In addition to the financial burdens Californians will face, Adams wants those who attend the rally to take away a broader message. She hopes there will be “more awareness of the impact the tax bill has on health care, especially for the most vulnerable.”
Adams speaks from personal experience. Several years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which led to severe depression. She lost her job and health insurance, and struggled as a single mother to raise her teenage daughter. “For two years, it was pretty devastating,” she recalls.
Then the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was signed into law. Adams was able to get health insurance and both the medical treatment and mental health treatment she needed.
“It literally saved my life,” she said. “My daughter got her mother back.”
Since that time, Adams has become more active. She traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby her congresswoman, Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), in an effort to support the ACA. Efforts to repeal the law failed, but Republicans managed to pass the tax bill that “chips away at the Affordable Care Act,” says Adams. “And she [Walters] voted for it.”
“For people who purchase health insurance off the marketplace, some people won’t be able to afford it” in the future, Adams says. Republican health care policies will increase premiums for Californians by up to 30 percent next year, and an estimated 1.6 million Californians will eventually lose insurance.
“She’s not representing us,” Adams said of Walters. “The overwhelming majority of constituents were against the Trump Tax law, and unraveling the ACA was part of that.”
Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “California Republicans betrayed their constituents and their state to hand Speaker Ryan the votes for a bill designed to hit Californians with the largest net tax hikes of any state in the nation.”
In addition to the impact today and in the near future, Adams expressed concern about the long-term deficit impact of the bill. She fears Republicans will use the $1.4 trillion deficit created by a bill favoring wealthy corporations as a pretense to go after programs like Medicaid and Social Security.
Adams will be one of hundreds of speakers across the nation speaking up this weekend. More information can be found at www.TaxMarch.org.