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    BernieSanders.com: ‘Our First Stand’ Rallies Set from Coast to Coast

    Press Release:

    ‘Our First Stand’ Rallies Set from Coast to Coast

    JANUARY 7, 2017

    WASHINGTON – More than a dozen rallies have been scheduled from coast to coast on Jan. 15 – and more are being planned – in a major show of grassroots support for critical health care programs under assault by Republicans in the new session of Congress.

    The nationwide day of action – “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” – is being organized by Senate and House Democratic Leaders Charles E. Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the leader of outreach efforts for Senate Democrats.

    Schumer and Sanders will speak at a major event at a United Auto Workers hall in Warren, Michigan. Pelosi will speak at a rally in San Francisco. Other events are set for Chicago, Philadelphia and other cities nationwide. More rallies will be announced in the coming week. (To see the list, click here.)

    “Democrats are united in fighting back against Republicans who want to make America sick again by cutting Medicare, Medicaid and repealing the Affordable Care Act. We are going to link arm in arm and stand together as we fight to protect health care for millions of Americans,” Schumer said.

    “After years of the GOP’s fevered, fact-free crusade against the Affordable Care Act, Republicans’ repeal plan will have cold, hard consequences for millions of Americans,” Pelosi said. “The Republican Congress is declaring all-out war on affordable health care in our country, and we must not allow them to Make America Sick Again. Democrats will not stand by and allow Republicans to dismantle the health and economic security of hard-working Americans.”

    “The American people will not allow Republicans to throw 30 million Americans off of health insurance, privatize Medicare, make massive cuts in Medicaid, raise the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and, at the same time, provide massive tax breaks to the top 1 percent,” Sanders said.

    Despite campaign promises by President-elect Donald Trump not to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, Senate and House Republicans began in this week’s opening days of the new Congress to take away health insurance for more than 30 million Americans, end Medicare as we know it, threaten nursing home care for seniors, choke off support for Planned Parenthood and jack up prescription drug prices.

    “If Mr. Trump allows the Republican Party to go ahead with its plans, it will dismantle the health care system and jeopardize the economic security of millions of Americans,” Sanders said. “Our message to the Republicans is simple and straightforward. You are not going to get away with it. You are not going to punish the elderly, disabled veterans, the children, the sick and the poor while you reward your billionaire friends.”

    Health care activists, trade unions, senior citizen groups and others are working to coordinate the rallies on Jan. 15.

    https://berniesanders.com/press-release/first-stand-rallies-set-coast-coast/

     

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  • Marym625 (16711 posts)
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    1. Thanks for noting that on the bottom

    I’m checking to see if there’s something going on here. If not, I’ll have to start doing it myself. :)

    948c8f248a Thank you DNC, Hillary Clinton, The Hillary Clinton Players, GOP, RNC and CrossCheck for Trump. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Revolution may not be televised but it's beginning. And we'll win
  • Jefferson23 (2987 posts)
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    2. I love this kind of fight. Highly recommend.

  • liberal at heart (1088 posts)
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    3. Seattle, WA there is a rally in Westlake Park Jan 15, from 12-2 pm

    • liberal at heart (1088 posts)
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      4. It was great. 2000 people attended. Pramila Jayapal spoke. Great rally.

      • FanBoy (7038 posts)
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        5. thank you for reporting back. any further plans or strategies?

        • liberal at heart (1088 posts)
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          6. We were of course encouraged to call and write our representatives.

          The GOP have proposed their budget including privatizing Medicare, and cutting Medicaid. They will be acting on that budget proposal sooner rather than later so we need to contact our representatives. I am glad to hear the GOP are having serious discussions about having a replacement plan ready when repealing the ACA but we are talking about the GOP. I’m not holding my breath for a good plan. Any plan they come up with is going to suck. There are other rallies planned in Seattle this week. They are more along the lines of protesting the inauguration and resisting his plans on immigration and other issues. Seattle has said it will continue to be a safe haven for immigrants even if the city loses federal funding because of it. I love this city!

          • FanBoy (7038 posts)
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            7. privatizing medicare is on the table then — and cutting medicaid —

            you mean making it smaller, or ending it?

             

            • liberal at heart (1088 posts)
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              8. They want to cut Medicaid funding as if it is not small enough to

              begin with. They also want to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

              • FanBoy (7038 posts)
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                9. righties love em some vouchers silly fucks

            • liberal at heart (1088 posts)
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              10. and health care is not the only thing that will see significant cuts.

              Pell grants, SSI, SNAP, child tax credits for low income families, transportation, housing credits, and many other programs that middle and low income families depend on are all on the chopping block.

              • FanBoy (7038 posts)
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                11. be prepared for more homelessness then — plenty of folks just a

                step away now.

                • liberal at heart (1088 posts)
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                  12. Seattle is actually seeing a homelessness crisis right now because

                  there is some sort of law that prevents the city from controlling how fast and how far rent can increase. The people of Seattle did just approved a $290 million levy to help with the problem and the city council was just able to approve a cap on move in fees. The city has also passed a $15 hr minimum wage. WA state just passed a minimum increase that will gradually increase it’s minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020. The Socialist Alternative party is gaining momentum here in Seattle and it is getting results. I voted Green in the general election and I do like the Green Party but I have to say I am extremely impressed with the results the Socialist Alternative party is getting. They are getting the job done here in WA. But we do still have our problems. Congress have been mandated by our state supreme court to fully fund K-12 education and they can’t seem to get that done and I am sure we will fee the effects of this horrible federal budget the GOP are proposing. I have an autistic son, blind husband, an elderly father, and a daughter in college. These budget cuts scare the hell out of me.

                  • FanBoy (7038 posts)
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                    13. they've had a homelessness problem for a much longer time, worse and

                    worse the more it yupped out.

                    I was raised there and went to uni there and worked there at the old boeing plant 2

                    • liberal at heart (1088 posts)
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                      14. They tried for such a long time to hide it, but it is so bad now

                      there is no hiding it. There are homeless people and make shift homeless camps on almost every corner now. It is incredibly sad.

                    • FanBoy (7038 posts)
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                      15. great wealth is always accompanied by great poverty

                      but fools will keep saying it’s because they like living that way…as if there’d been a fundamental change in human beings over the last 30 years.

                      no one chooses homelessness out of laziness its hard work