Sanders, Dems defend ObamaCare at Michigan rally

After defending Medicare and Medicaid on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate 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 SchumerSinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall Pelosi: 'People are dying' because McConnell won't bring up gun legislation MORE (D-N.Y.), and Michigan Democrats Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowConservatives offer stark warning to Trump, GOP on background checks USDA cuts payments promised to researchers as agency uproots to Kansas City USDA eases relocation timeline as researchers flee agency 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 TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy 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 PaulLiz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate Paul calls into Wyoming TV station to talk Cheney feud 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.