Schumer Blasts Trump For Obamacare Attack: People's Lives Are At Stake

Schumer Blasts Trump For Obamacare Attacks: ‘People’s Lives Are At Stake’

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Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is a New York Senator who has become an unlikely spokesperson for the progressive movement in this country. While favorites like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren continue to fight for the people, Schumer has gained fame for attacking corrupt politics as a whole.

His first instance came soon after the election results were revealed, saying that the Democratic Party needed to embrace the reform that Sanders had been advocating for in the primary. His second instance arrived the next month, wherein he threatened to hold Senate hearings on each of Trump’s Cabinet picks unless they released their tax returns. His third instance regarded the vacant Supreme Court spot that the Senate Republicans had successfully blocked President Obama from filling: Schumer, in turn, promised that the Democrats would work to do the same to any nominee Trump picked.

In the time between then and now, President-elect Trump, as immature as always, took to Twitter to attack Schumer for defending the “mess” of Obamacare, calling him a “clown” in the process. This was no doubt in response to Democratic outrage over the GOP moving to defund Obamacare.

Responding promptly, Schumer had this to say:

“Now, we understand that President-elect Trump is in a difficult spot, that Republicans are in a difficult spot. They want to repeal ACA, and have no idea how to replace it. But instead of calling names, [the] President-elect should roll up his sleeves and show us a replacement plan that will cover the 20 million Americans who gained coverage, that will cover students or post-college students, 21 to 26, who want to stay on their parents’ plan, that will show how we cover people with pre-existing conditions.

So I’d say to the President-elect and the Republicans that this is not a time for calling names. It’s time for them to step up to the plate if they want to repeal, and show us what they’d replace it with.”

It looks to be a tough battle these next two-four years, and the Democrats need to embrace all the firepower they can muster in order to fight back.

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