By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times - Friday, December 30, 2016
President Obama will huddle with House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday to discuss their fight against Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare in the new Congress.
The meeting will take place in the Capitol Visitor Center’s auditorium and last for about an hour, according to a congressional aide.
Stung by a November election that handed Republicans the keys to health reform, Democrats are brainstorming ways to push back against GOP plans to use a fast-track budget tool to gut the Affordable Care Act in the first months of the new Congress.
Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, and Democratic congressional leaders have called for nationwide rallies during a “day of action” on Jan. 15 to decry the repeal and potential plans to replace Medicare’s open-ended entitlement for seniors with a premium-support model favored by Speaker Paul D. Ryan.
White House guidance provided to Congress said Mr. Obama will thank Democrats during the meeting — first reported by Politico — for helping him drive the uninsured rate to historic lows. He will also discuss ways to strengthen the law.
Bernie Sanders, Democrats call for rallies to protest GOP health plans
‘Day of Action’ would coincide with MLK Day, early action in Congress
Sen. Bernard Sanders and Democratic leaders on Wednesday called for nationwide rallies as part of a “day of action” this month to protest GOP plans to dismantle Obamacare and revamp the Medicare program for seniors.
Mr. Sanders, the Vermont independent who emerged as a progressive hero during the 2016 campaign, warned in a “dear colleague” letter that Republicans in charge of both chambers will use a fast-track budget tool to gut the Affordable Care Act, imperiling coverage for millions.
He also said the GOP could pursue a “voucherlike” system for Medicare, a nod to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s longstanding plan to replace the program’s open-ended entitlement with a “premium-support” model.
The letter pinpoints Sunday, Jan. 15 — the day before Martin Luther King Day — as a day to publicly resist the GOP’s ideas.
“Rallies will be held around the country to vigorously oppose the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it and throw our health care system into chaos,” Mr. Sanders wrote, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York.
This is the same old game plan that cost the dem's to loose elections all a cross America for the last eight years, they cant understand that America will never be in favor of a Socialist rule and no matter how big of a mess they make Americans will know that they are to blame and become even more insignificant then they are now !
Bernie is a very sick individual to take such a stand.
He can rally his ilk all he wants.
The people have spoken -- we do not want the barryscare program the democraps single handedly shoved down our throats.
They truly are tone deaf in every way.
The GOP has the House, the Senate, along with a strong Republican president that has an aggressive mandate to implement for the people. He won this election based of that very fact. There should be absolutely NO excuses. Period! We cannot allow these anti-American Socialists to go on with protecting the unconstitutional debacle known as Obamacare.
The Trump administration mustn't stop with that ridiculous law either. Let the DEMs scream and rant all they want. They've been legally neutered and we must let them know that wonderful fact every day, through the non-stop reversals of their ideological driven agenda.
Remember, we've endured eight miserable years of Obama running unchecked, with no real hope in sight.
Now is the perfect time, with unprecedented power, to correct every single policy that has caused millions of Americans enormous damage and NEVER look back. This precious period of time may never happen again and it must not be squandered over personal feelings regarding a selfish legacy. Obama governed against the will of the people and now it's payback time. Obama, How does it feel to be irrelevant?
Screw Obama and his destructive Marxist legacy!
Dont underestimate the underhandedness of these low-life bums,Communists and IslamoFascists.
OScumBag is building his private army. Oil your weapons.
Vicious, evil, vile. He hates America and the dem/socialist/communists who agree with him are no better.
Pres Obama can now go back to the job he has experience in "COMMUNITY ORGANIZER" funded by George Soros.
The American Action Forum finds that the cost of 2016 benchmark Silver plans will increase by an average of 27 percent in 2017 for a 27-year-old non-smoker. While the lowest cost Bronze plan will increase by 22 percent in 2017.
Read more: Premiums to go up, way up.
To Hell with that Lame Duck .Repeal all of it . we the People don't want the Government In our health care at all !!.