WOODBURY - Democrats are lashing out against the Republican push in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Democrats are accusing Republicans of letting the country down by abandoning a plan that helps people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Robert Previto, of the Independant Council for the Electorate, questions whether the government has the right to require Americans to buy health insurance or face penalties.

"That sounds like compulsion by the government, which I believe is unconstitutional," he says.

Health care advocate Gwen O'Shea says she's not concerned about a repeal, which is largely meant to send a message to the president, but is likely to fail in the Senate. She is worried, however, that Republicans will try to chip away at the funding of the legislation.

The full act doesn't take effect until 2019, but some parts are already in place.