President Obama is scheduled to meet with Democrats in the House and Senate on Wednesday to discuss a strategy to block the Republicans’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that repealing the law, better known as Obamacare, was the first item on the agenda for Congress in 2017. President-elect Donald Trump has also promised to repeal and replace the law.
Democratic party leaders sent out a notice to members on Friday, announcing the bicameral meeting intended to “discuss fighting GOP plans to repeal ACA.”
“Next week, Republicans in Congress will once again turn to repealing a law that’s provided coverage to 20 million uninsured Americans, extended consumer protections to many millions more, improved the quality of care offered by our health professionals, and helped slow the growth of health care costs,” a White House official said in a statement.
“In light of this, on Wednesday, January 4, President Obama will visit a closed-press meeting of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses … He will discuss the work still left to do, including the ideas he has put forth to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And he will share his perspective about the dangers posed by Congressional Republicans’ stated strategy to repeal the ACA before proposing any replacement, creating chaos in the health system in the short run — and holding hostage Americans’ health care — while Republicans develop their plan.”
Politico first reported the announcement of the meeting.
This meeting proves that the outgoing president will be active in protecting his legacy, and that Democrats will lead a campaign to preserve the president’s signature domestic legislation. They have already planned a public-relations effort to promote Obamacare and dissuade the public from supporting Republicans trying to end it.
On Wednesday, House Democrats discussed via conference call plans for events to be held in their districts in January. Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders, as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will lead a “call to action” day on January 15. That day, they will call upon members and advocates for Obamacare across the country to criticize the Republican’s plans to repeal it, as well as showcase the millions of people who have benefited from the law.