New Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who caucuses with the Democrats, have joined forces to call for a “Day of Action” to save the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, asking Trump to veto any cuts to those programs.
A press release from Bernie Sanders offers a warning of what is to come and issues a call to arms:
Warning that congressional Republicans are about to “ram through a budget bill” to “throw our health care system into chaos,” Senate and House leaders called Wednesday for a nationwide “day of action” to mobilize grassroots support for programs that help millions of working families.
Senate and House Democratic Leaders Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the new leader in charge of outreach for Senate Democrats, in sending a letter to congressional colleagues asking for their help organizing rallies or other events on Jan. 15 at locations around the United States.
The letter explains that,
Beginning in January, it is likely that Republican leaders in Congress will follow through on their threats to ram through a budget bill that will severely undermine the health care needs of the American people.
Their budget will likely include:
- Taking away health care coverage for over 30 million Americans by dismantling the health care system;
- Ending guaranteed Medicare benefits for millions of older Americans by converting Medicare into a voucher program;
- Slashing Medicaid and threatening the nursing home care of over 4 million vulnerable seniors;
- Increasing prescription drug prices more than $1,000 a year for over 54 million seniors and persons with disabilities; and
- Passing a $4,800 tax hike on millions of average Americans, while providing hundreds of billions in tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this country.
It is important to bring the American people together to fight this radical proposal.
The letter goes on to explain that millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump after he promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid” and that “he must be held to his promises.”
There will be a day of action held Sunday, January 15, “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Further rallies will be held across the country to “vigorously oppose the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it and throw our health care system into chaos.”