Sanders, Dems defend ObamaCare at Michigan rally

After defending Medicare and Medicaid on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: States fight Trump on non-ObamaCare plans | Analysis looks into surprise medical bills | Left hits industry group working against single payer Overnight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate Sen. Sanders blasts Zinke: Wildfires 'have everything to do with climate change' MORE (I-Vt.) appeared at a Michigan rally to continue pushing Democrats' defense of Obamacare.

During the #OurFirstStand rally with Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh Montana GOP Senate hopeful touts Trump's support in new ad Strong job growth drives home choice for voters this election MORE (D-N.Y.), and Michigan Democrats Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowMichigan county investigating ballot shortage in election Michigan Dems elect state's first all-female statewide ticket for midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Signs of trouble for Republicans in House special election MORE and Gary Peters, Sanders said the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare would make millions sicker and cause thousands to die. 

Sanders, who has called on President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE to veto any future cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid, defended the programs and asked Trump to tweet that he would keep his campaign promises not to meddle with either.

“I want Trump to send out a tweet saying that he's going to keep his campaign promises. He's not going to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” Sanders told ABC’s “This Week.”

“Right now, today, all across this country there are going to be rallies led by Democrats and others to fight against the devastating impact of repeal of the Affordable Care Act," he said later in the afternoon. "Twenty million people thrown off of health insurance, prescription drug prices raising for seniors, privatization of Medicare: devastation. And we've got to fight back against that." 

Democrats have slammed Republicans' quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), arguing they have not proposed an alternative to the healthcare legislation. Republicans have discussed various transition periods that would allow those enrolled in Obamacare to keep their health insurance while a replacement plan is implemented, though Trump has said he does not want to delay. 

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report Ex-Virginia GOP Senate candidate shares offensive voicemail allegedly left by Charlottesville rally organizer GOP leaders: No talk of inviting Russia delegation to Capitol MORE (R-Ky.), who has said the repeal must be accompanied by a replacement, promised this weekend that a replacement bill for Obamacare is coming. 

"Coming this week: THE Obamacare replacement bill. Done drafting the bill & will be discussing on CNN Sunday AM and all week next week!” Paul wrote on Twitter.

Congress voted last week to approve a budget resolution that would begin the process of repealing the healthcare law.