Bernie Sanders and other Senate Democrats addressed a crowd of thousands in Warren, Michigan.
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act gathered to protest the health care law’s repeal in rallies across the country on Sunday.
The demonstrations were in response to an appeal by Democratic leaders in Congress for a day of action against ACA repeal, the defunding of Planned Parenthood and other policies promoted by the incoming Donald Trump administration.
Perhaps the highest-profile gathering was a rally at Macomb County Community College in Warren, Michigan, that drew thousands of people. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and several other members of Congress addressed the large crowd that had waited in long lines in below-freezing weather to attend the event. Many who have received health insurance thanks to the ACA shared their emotional stories as well.
COREY R. WILLIAMS/AP | People wait for the start of a health care rally in Warren, Michigan, north of Detroit, on Sunday.
“So our job today is to defend the Affordable Care Act. Our job tomorrow is to create a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system,” he exhorted the crowd.
There were some 70 similar rallies across the country, according to Sanders. Photos on social media show significant crowds in Portland, Maine; Richmond, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; Boston, New York City and many other metropolises.
NYC ACA rally. Couple thousand people according to attending police. Where is everyone???? pic.twitter.com/4NXUy5M2GO
— Katy Keiffer (@kcorrigank) January 15, 2017