Congressional Democrats brought out the scare tactics during a press conference Wednesday, saying that repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, will “make America sick again.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned that a repeal of Obamacare will lead to “grandma living in the guest room.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also spoke at the press conference. The press conference came after a visit by President Barack Obama to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats. Schumer said that Obama was “very inspiring” during that meeting and added that the meeting focused on the idea that Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, but don’t have a plan to replace it.
“The first big fight of this new congress will be over healthcare. Republicans will be plotting and soon be executing a full scale assault on the three pillars that support the American healthcare system: the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid,” Schumer said at the press conference. “The Republican plan to cut healthcare wouldn’t America great again, it would make America sick again.”
Vice-President elect Mike Pence said earlier Wednesday that in President-elect Donald Trump’s first day in office he will take steps to begin the repeal of Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi said that Republicans can’t agree and thus have “no replacement plan” for Obamacare.
She then elaborated that Obamacare is “very personal in the lives of the American people.” Pelosi said, “A friend of mine just told me his grandson was diagnosed with leukemia. That child will have a pre-existing condition for the rest of his life. Repeal the Affordable Care Act, that’s a problem.”
She added, “You want grandma living in the guest room? You repeal the Affordable Care Act.”