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Demonstrators take ‘200,000 steps’ for healthcare

By Staff | Jun 9, 2017

Chronicle photo by Megan Hughart Demonstrators cross the street as more than 75 people took to the streets of Shepherdstown on Sunday in support of the Affordable Care Act.

Despite the hot weather, more than 75 people marched through Shepherdstown on Sunday for healthcare.

Vigilance Jefferson County and the Women’s March on Washington, West Virginia Chapter, joined forces and led a march through the streets of Shepherdstown to defend the Affordable Care Act.

The group, which included men, women and children, planned to march until they collectively reached 200,000 steps, which represented the number of West Virginians who are expected to lose health care coverage or benefits due to new Senate legislation.

The demonstration began with the reading of a supportive statement from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Steve Schatken, the action team leader of Vigilance Jefferson County, said the march was their most successful demonstration thus far.

As the group marched through town, chants of “Save our healthcare” rang loud and clear as participants held signs of protest high.

One group member vowed to call upon Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and continuously ask her to protect health care and benefits.

“Sen. Capito, along with two of her Republican colleagues, could protect health care in our state by refusing to approve the current bill passed by Congress,” Schatken said in a press release.

The group started on the corners of Princess and High streets, then marched a pre-determined route through town, picking up more demonstrators as they trekked.

Individually, everyone who marched the route walked approximately 1,740 steps.