LOOK: Protesters gather in support of the Affordable Care Act

The action comes after a draft of a GOP Obamacare replacement program was obtained by Politico this week.

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Michelle Klermund and an American flag during a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, Feb. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) affordable care act; healthcare; aca; copolitics; rally; protest; civic center park; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Michelle Klermund and an American flag during a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, Feb. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

At noon on Saturday, the organizing team behind Denver’s weekly protests and rallies staged another demonstration, this time in support of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The action comes after a draft of a GOP Obamacare replacement program was obtained by Politico this week.

Matthew and Amanda Miller in an emotional embrace after Amanda addressed the crowd about her husband's brush with death. A rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, Feb. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) affordable care act; healthcare; aca; copolitics; rally; protest; civic center park; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Matthew and Amanda Miller in an emotional embrace after Amanda addressed the crowd about her husband’s brush with death. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A couple hundred people turned out in the chilly afternoon to hear speakers give testimony on their personal connections to what they say is a profound need for accessible healthcare.

Though full-time activist Dezy St. Nolde, known as “Queen Phoenix,” was listed on Facebook as the primary organizer, she was not in attendance.

R.A. Varney dressed to death at a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, Feb. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) affordable care act; healthcare; aca; copolitics; rally; protest; civic center park; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
R.A. Varney dressed to death. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Simultaneous Affordable Care Act rallies happened across the country, most notably in Atlanta, where the Democratic National Committee has met to elect new leadership.

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Ralliers attempted to sit in the sun. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver’s rally featured a bit of its own local politics. Democrat Mike Johnston, who has already put his name in the running for Colorado’s 2018 gubernatorial race, told the crowd he’d stand for affordable healthcare regardless of policies set in Washington.

“One of the reasons I got into this race for governor,” he said, “is the next four years is going to require us to say ‘Colorado has a different set of values.'”

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston speaks at a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, Feb. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) affordable care act; healthcare; aca; copolitics; rally; protest; civic center park; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston speaks about his own experience with healthcare. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Community organizer Tiffany Caudill kicks off a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, Feb. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) affordable care act; healthcare; aca; copolitics; rally; protest; civic center park; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Community organizer Tiffany Caudill kicks off the rally. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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There were a couple hundred people at the rally. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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