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Democrats call for rallies nationwide to oppose GOP on health care

Democratic leaders are calling for a “day of action” on Jan. 15 to mobilize grassroots opposition across the country to Republican plans to “end Medicare as we know it and throw our health care system into chaos.”

In a Wednesday letter, Senate and House Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked their congressional colleagues for help organizing rallies or other events in their own states. Sanders, who was tapped to lead “outreach” for Senate Democrats next Congress, has called for Democrats to get out of D.C. and engage working people following Hillary Clinton’s loss of the presidential race to Republican Donald Trump.

“It’s going to be an opportunity for people around the country to make their voices heard,” said Michael Briggs, Sanders’ spokesman.

The letter warns that, beginning in January, Republican leaders will likely follow through on “threats to ram through a budget bill that will severely undermine the health care needs of the American people.” Republicans have said they intend to repeal the Affordable Care Act quickly in the new year, but delay the implementation of the repeal for a few years.

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