Thousands rally across the country as the battle to save the Affordable Care Act begins
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News January 15, 2017 Updated: 6:21 PM
Democrats and civic groups across the United States have begun preparing to fight for the preservation of President Barack Obama's health care program. On Sunday more than 40 cities organized to save the program officially titled the Affordable Care Act, but more commonly known as Obamacare.
Sen. Bernie Sanders headlined a rally of more than 10,000 people in Michigan's Macomb County. A county that voted for Barack Obama twice and flipped to Donald Trump has become an emblem of the shifts that shocked Democrats and lost them the presidency.
"Our job today is to defend the ACA," Sanders said. "Our job tomorrow is to bring about a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system."
Senator Elizabeth Warren gathered with demonstrators in Boston to show support for the Affordable Care Act.
“If Republicans try to rip healthcare out of the hands of millions of Americans we will fight them every step of the way,” Warren said.
In Los Angeles, CA organizers outside of USC Medical Center warned that a repeal of the law without a replacement will throw the state's health care system into chaos and strip coverage from 5 million Californians.
Newly sworn in U.S. Senator Kamala Harris called it a “pivotal moment” in which the country is collectively required to look in the mirror and ask: “Who are we?”
“The country was founded on ideals of freedom of religion and freedom of association,” Harris said. “as well as the notion that the dignity and individuality of all people will be respected.”
President-elect Donald Trump has been critical of the program and has vowed that he will immediately overturn and replace it.
Republicans pushed through a budget resolution this past week by setting up a framework for repealing the Health care law. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a doctor had outlined a replacement bill.
"Our goal is to insure the most amount of people, give access to the most amount of people, at the least amount of cost. And I think this is where Obamacare failed," Paul said.
The Republican-controlled US Senate and House of Representatives both approved resolutions designed to repeal the program.
Some experts say repealing ACA would cause more than 20 million people to lose their insurance coverage.