WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that more than 100 rallies will take place from coast to coast on Saturday to fight Republican attempts to take health care away from 20 million Americans.
“On Saturday at more than 100 rallies, taking place from coast to coast, the American people will let Republicans know they are standing against their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, throwing 20 million Americans off of their health insurance, privatizing Medicare, making massive cuts in Medicaid, raising the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and, at the same time, giving a massive tax break to the top 1 percent. The American people want to improve the Affordable Care Act, not destroy it,” said Sanders.
Sanders continued, “We’ve seen unprecedented grassroots energy at Republican town hall meetings across the country this week. The American people are fighting back. As the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care for all, we are not going backwards. We’re going forwards.”
Sanders, the Senate Democrats’ outreach leader, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer previously sent a letter calling for rallies on Saturday to oppose efforts by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and 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 the letter. “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.”