In what is being referred to as the “first major gesture of opposition” against a Donald Trump presidency, Democratic Congress members received a letter signed by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asking them to join Sanders on Jan. 15 in organizing rallies to protest the GOP push to cut Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.
‘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.’
The letter included a list of just a few of the ways the GOP, led by President-elect Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) are expected to negatively affect these programs, such as taking healthcare away from more than 30 million Americans who became insured for the first time after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, dismantling the “guaranteed Medicare benefits” for older Americans by turning their healthcare into a voucher program, making massive cuts to Medicaid, increasing the costs of prescriptions, and raising taxes on “millions of average Americans” while granting “hundreds of billions” in tax breaks to billionaires and corporations.
In a divided party that is desperately in need of new and fresh leadership, Sanders’ ability to organize and rally support from voters on the left has finally been recognized with a new position in the Democratic party – chair of outreach. Sanders is wasting no time in leading the first outreach effort to push back against Trump, even ahead of his inauguration on Jan. 20.
‘Millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump after he promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He must be held to his promises and should veto any legislation which cuts these vital and necessary health programs.’
Sanders, whose grassroots campaign for the presidency raised more than $226 million dollars in individual contributions, which made up the vast majority of his campaign donations, plans to fund the organizing with money left over from his campaign, a move that will surely be approved by his many contributors. What better way to return his voting base’s contributions to them than to use it to fight for them?
To hear Sanders speak on healthcare as a fundamental right in a recent town hall meeting, see video below:
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