President Barack Obama is doing his best to block the Republican effort to dismantle his signature health care law.
President Obama sent a notice to members on Friday to announce the rare bicameral meeting, and a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN the session is to “discuss fighting GOP plans to repeal ACA.”
“Next week, Republicans in Congress will once again turn to repealing a law that’s provided coverage to 20 million uninsured Americans, extended consumer protections to many millions more, improved the quality of care offered by our health professionals, and helped slow the growth of health care costs,” a White House official said.
“In light of this, on Wednesday, January 4, President Obama will visit a closed-press meeting of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses … He will discuss the work still left to do, including the ideas he has put forth to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And he will share his perspective about the dangers posed by Congressional Republicans’ stated strategy to repeal the ACA before proposing any replacement, creating chaos in the health system in the short run — and holding hostage Americans’ health care — while Republicans develop their plan.”
Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders also designated January 15th as a “call to action” day for members and advocates around the country to criticize the GOP move to roll back the health care law and showcase the millions of those covered since it was enacted. But will this effort be enough?