Obamacare Repeal Mobilizes Thousands Nationwide

Republicans make moves to strip healthcare and the people resist

Hundreds of activists hold a peaceful protest at Trump Tower in New York City to fight against the repeal of Obamacare. January 15, 2017 (Photo by Erik McGregor) (Sipa USA via AP)

Hundreds of activists hold a peaceful protest at Trump Tower in New York City to fight against the repeal of Obamacare. January 15, 2017 (Photo by Erik McGregor) (Sipa USA via AP)

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

San Francisco, California

Honolulu, Hawaii

Chicago, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Portland, Maine

Boston, Massachusetts

Bowie, Maryland

Warren, Michigan

Albuquerque, New Mexico

New York, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Salt Lake City, Utah

Burlington, Vermont

Richmond, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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