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A sign at the #OurFirstStand rally in Warren, Michigan. (Photo: @cmulax16/Twitter)

Nationwide Rallies Are #OurFirstStand Against GOP Assault on Healthcare

Watch Bernie Sanders at Michigan rally to save Medicare, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood

Deirdre Fulton

Rallies to protect critical healthcare safety net programs took place nationwide on Sunday, on the heels of a week that saw those very programs placed squarely in Republican crosshairs

Spearheaded by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the #OurFirstStand events hope to be "a major show of grassroots support" for programs including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid, as well as the at-risk organization Planned Parenthood. 

And the demonstrations aim to highlight President-elect Donald Trump's campaign trail promises not to place such critical initiatives at risk—pledges the GOP seems happy to ignore. 

"If Mr. Trump allows the Republican Party to go ahead with its plans, it will dismantle the healthcare 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."

Sanders and Schumer were scheduled to attend a large #OurFirstStand rally in Warren, Michigan—one expected to be so well-attended that it had to be moved to a larger venue.

Watch the Michigan rally live below:


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Right-Wing Justices Should Be Impeached for Lying Under Oath, Says Ocasio-Cortez

"We have a responsibility to protect our democracy," said the New York Democrat. "That includes holding those in power who violate the law accountable."

Kenny Stancil ·


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Although one witness said the driver went "out of his way" to hit pro-choice protestors in the street, Cedar Rapids police declined to make an arrest.

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