Dozens of citizens gathered outside the Gaston Co. Courthouse on Friday morning, armed with signs and chants.
They lined the sidewalk in front of the courthouse to protest a congressional hearing on the Affordable Healthcare Act that they called "one-sided."
There were several groups involved in the protest. Organizers called the hearing, sponsored by Rep. Congressman Darrell Issa, a "propaganda tool."
Issa said Democrats opted not to participate.
One couple drove from Charlotte to oppose the hearing and support the Affordable Care Act.
Sandra Faison said she has lost her healthcare and is completely disabled. She said she takes 14 medications per day.
"I'm a human being that has worked forty-plus years," Faison said. "But now I could wind up not being here if we don't get this healthcare act that we are all in need of."
Her husband, Lowell, said he sees the law as a positive alternative to the status quo.
"We want folks to give this a chance," he said. "Fifty percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing."