Obamacare Repeal Mobilizes Thousands Nationwide
Republicans make moves to strip healthcare and the people resist
On Sunday, thousands rallied nationwide with healthcare activists, trade unions, senior groups, and Democratic members of Congress to oppose Republicans’ crusade to repeal Obamacare — a move that is set to leave more than 25 million Americans uninsured.
Despite having no plan for replacement, Republicans took the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare and struck down six amendments intended to protect basic healthcare benefits, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions, maintained access to contraceptive coverage, and the ability for young people to stay on their parents’ healthcare plan until they are 26.
The people, and Democratic leaders, resisted these actions by Republican members of Congress, declaring “We won’t let you get away with it!” at the #OurFirstStand rallies organized across the country. Leaders headlining these rallies included: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kamala Harris, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
A partial list of the rallies is below:
Los Angeles, California
Senator Harris standing up for the ACA in LA #OurFirstStand
LA crowd keeps going! What energy! #OurFirstStand #Medicare4All https://t.co/W3fHPvWNnj
San Francisco, California
FABULOUS turnout for #OurFirstStand in SF. Nearly 3,000 people have turned out!
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medicare4all supporters are out in force at Chicago #OurFirstStand rally! @NationalNurses
Let it be known: Health care is a human right #IndianaStateHouse #OurFirstStand #ACA #Indianapolis
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowa farmers are selling their family farms just to provide longterm healthcare for their parents" @KimWeaverIA tells crowd #OurFirstStand
YUGE crowd in Portland, Maine at the #Medicare4All rally today. Crowd is chanting "I have a Dream! Universal healthcare!" #OurFirstStand
Julienne Gede Edwards is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, says #ACA saved her since she was able to be on her parents' insurance
My view today from the #ourfirststand rally in Warren. 10,000 Michiganders rallying to #savehealthcare! Standing with YOU to say #ACAWorks!
Albuquerque, New Mexico
100s of people rallied in #ABQ to say #SaveACA. I'm fighting to #KeepNMCovered.
New York, New York
Scientists showed up in force @ the #SaveACA rally. We do science to benefit humanity & right now that means fighting for it outside the lab
My sign today #OurFirstStand #SaveACA #NewYork
Great turnout in Cincinnati. Come out and rally!! #SaveACA #OurFirstStand https://t.co/MwOe6y8xED
Standing room only at #OurFirstStand in Columbus OH ready to tell GOP not to Make America Sick Again
Massive crowd in Portland rallying in support of #ACA. Hundreds more outside. Fired up! #OurFirstStand
Over 1000 Portlanders outside capacity-filled SEI gym this afternoon listening in the cold to congressional rally for #SaveACA
Salt Lake City, Utah
Crowd growing in Seattle #OurFirstStand