As Republicans work tirelessly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, Senate Democrats are looking for ways to stop them in their tracks.
On Monday night, they plan to deliver floor speeches and Facebook Live broadcasts attacking the move to dismantle Obamacare. They also plan to put pressure on Republicans over recent moves to defund Planned Parenthood, as well as make cuts to entitlement programs.
According to the Huffington Post, the Democrats’ effort was organized by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. It will include conference calls with a wide array of groups — Families USA, Planned Parenthood, Service Employees International Union, and others.
In a statement, Schumer explained,
“We are taking to the floor and social media to denounce this plan and warn the American people that the Democrats will be fighting tooth and nail against this potentially catastrophic move.”
The Democrats latest effort is just the most recent in a string of moves by the party to work against Republican control of the legislature.
“We cannot allow Republicans to make America sick again by repealing the ACA without a replacement plan that will ensure millions of Americans are not kicked off of their insurance, seniors do not face cuts to their Medicare, women are not denied access to care because of their gender, and many other groups, including Medicaid recipients, rural hospitals and more, do not suffer,” Schumer said. “Right now, the GOP’s plan would put the insurance companies back in the driver’s seat and create chaos in the system instead of affordable care.”
While this is not the only tool that the Democrats may use in order to combat the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, they hope to capture the attention of the American public by showcasing exactly how catastrophic the move would be to the millions of Americans who rely on the ACA for healthcare coverage.