Twenty-five-year-old Hannah Bruner was one of several Arkansans arrested while protesting in Washington D.C. against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“There are many reasons why I decided to join the Arkansas delegation to go to D.C. I grew up with a lot of health problems, and without my father working 12 plus hours a day 6 days a week, I would not have had the care and treatment I needed,” Bruner said. “Health care is a human right.”
Bruner, who is currently the political director for the Young Democrats of Arkansas, said this was the first time she was arrested during a protest.
“I’ve never been arrested before, but I’ve been to many protests and helped organize a few,” she said.
Bruner said fighting for what she believes in is worth risking arrest.
“Small towns and their residents rely on the hospitals they have in their towns, and if the ACA were to be repealed the chances of those remaining open are very slim,” she said. “If they close, people would have to drive anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get to a hospital, and that time is precious. In emergencies you don’t always have an hour.”