If there is anything that Democrats are good at it is depicting Republicans as murderers for wanting to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont are now encouraging their fellow Senate colleagues who are also Democrats to rally at the end of the month to show support for the Affordable Care Act.
They sent out a joint statement this past Saturday where they castigated Republicans for attempting to repeal the health care law and blamed the party for being in chaos. In their statement they said the following,
“Public support for the law is at an all-time high, while the number of Americans supporting its immediate repeal without a replacement has dipped below 15 percent. It is critical we seize this momentum.
The American people increasingly understand that throwing 20 million people off health insurance, privatizing Medicare, raising prescription drug costs for seniors and doing away with life-and-death patient protection provisions is not acceptable. The overwhelming majority of Americans want to improve the ACA, not destroy it.”
The Senators urged that it was a bipartisan issue they should all agree on. Not an issue that should be divided amongst Independents, Republicans, and Democrats. They said,
“The overwhelming majority of Americans, regardless of political persuasion, understand that we have to go forward on health care, not backwards.”
The rallies are slated to take place on February 25th. This is not anything new. The President ran his campaign assuring the American people he would seek to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act while ensuring that everybody had access to insurance.
Instead of wasting their time and energy on rallies and protests they should work with Republican lawmakers to create a better alternative replacement plan. Because at the end of the day the Republican party has the majority and this is going to happen whether they want it to or not.
The best thing for their party is to work across the aisle on the things they can agree on in order to achieve at least some of their goals. But instead they are grandstanding and going to protests instead of doing what they are paid to do which is their job.
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