As President-elect Donald Trump was whining about a comedy skit, thousands of people rallied across the country to protest the Republican Party’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), led by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The demonstrations come days before Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. He has vowed to overturn and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and Senate Republicans took the first step to dismantle it just last week.
However, under the leadership of Sanders, people have come out in protest to save the law that provides coverage to about 20 million people.
"There are differences of opinion about the Affordable Care Act — some like it, some don't like it,” Sanders told a rally in Warren, Michigan. "But very few Americans believe that we should repeal the ACA without a replacement program to make it better. This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. It is time we got our national priorities right."
Although President Obama is still in office, Republicans have already started its dismantling process by filing a budget resolution that requires a bare Senate majority.
However, the GOP has not specified exactly which program will be used as a replacement and how.
Here are some images from the rallies held across the country:
In case anyone ever doubted that people would show up to fight for affordable health care, here are a few thousand on a cold day in January. pic.twitter.com/ck4Bw0xs3c— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) January 15, 2017
And this is just the beginning. Donald Trump’s inauguration is expected to be dominated by protests, including DisruptJ20, #Trump420, #InaugurateTheResistance, Women’s March on Washington and We Are Here To Stay, among many others, across the country.
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