Senators Call for Health Care Rallies Nationwide
WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of New York and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont called Saturday for nationwide rallies later this month to show growing grassroots opposition to efforts by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to take health coverage away from more than 20 million Americans.
“The Republican Party’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is in chaos,” Schumer and Sanders said in a letter to Senate colleagues. “Public support for the law is at an all-time high, while the number of Americans supporting its immediate repeal without a replacement has dipped below 15 percent. It is critical we seize this momentum.
“The American people increasingly understand that throwing 20 million people off health insurance, privatizing Medicare, raising prescription drug costs for seniors and doing away with life-and-death patient protection provisions is not acceptable. The overwhelming majority of Americans want to improve the ACA, not destroy it,” Schumer and Sanders added.
The rallies they are organizing will follow mass gatherings that drew tens of thousands to demonstrations last Jan. 15. Those rallies also were spearheaded by Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, and Sanders, who is in charge of outreach for the Senate leadership team.
“We are encouraging Democratic senators to lead rallies in their states. This is not a Democratic issue, a Republican issue or an Independent issue. The overwhelming majority of Americans, regardless of political persuasion, understand that we have to go forward on health care, not backwards,” the letter said.