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Sanders, Dems defend ObamaCare at Michigan rally

After defending Medicare and Medicaid on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' Chuck Todd lashes out at Fox, defends wife in radio interview Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report 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 SchumerThrowing some cold water on all of the Korean summit optimism House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds Congress should build on the momentum from spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.), and Michigan Democrats Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenators push HHS to negotiate lower prices on opioid overdose reversal drug Senators press administration on mental health parity Progressive groups launch M midterm initiative in three battleground states 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 TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: 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.

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“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 PaulOvernight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo Overnight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes 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.