About 30 people called on U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, to show support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- President Barack Obama's health care reform law that recently withstood a U.S. Supreme Court challenge.
The rally, that took place near Meehan's district office in Springfield, was organized by attorney George Badey, Meehan's Democratic candidate in the November election. Meehan, a former U.S. attorney and Delaware County district attorney, is finishing up his first term in Congress.
"This is a very important and notable day," said Badey, chairman of the Radnor Democratic Party, Wednesday afternoon. "Our congressman from Delaware County is going to cast a symbolic and pointless vote."
Badey was referring to a symbolic vote that was scheduled Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He said that would be the 31st time the House has voted to scrap, defund or undercut the law since Obama signed it in March 2010.
Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the health care law was constitutional because it imposes a tax -- not a penalty -- on people who refuse to buy insurance.
Republicans who repeatedly pressed for repeal said a "yes" vote would not only overturn the law, but spare some 20 million Americans from an unnecessary tax.
Badey compared the Republicans' support of the health care law to a car transmission. He said Democrats like him want to move the country forward and put the car in "D" for drive. He argued Republicans are more likely to put things in "R," or reverse.
Badey was joined by Springfield Democrat Jeremy Fearn, who is running for a seat in the state House held by longtime incumbent state Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield. Fearn did not take any shots at his opponent, but rather called on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to implement the law in Pennsylvania.
Badey and Fearn were also joined by Erica Kane, a student at Villanova University School of Law.
Kane said she supported the law because it allows students like her to stay on their parents' insurance plan until they are 26 years old.
House Republicans like Meehan and presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney have vowed to repeal the law.
Meehan argued the law "would lead to the largest tax increase in American history."
"We can do health care reform right," Meehan said in a statement posted to his campaign website following the Supreme Court ruling in late June. "But since the Democrats' law was passed, health care costs have gone up, not down. The cost of the law itself has more than doubled.
"It cuts Medicare, jeopardizes coverage people already have and places burdens on job creators. We can do better, and it will take all of us to do so."