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Pelosi, Schumer accuse Republicans of attempting to ‘make America sick again’
President Barack Obama arrives on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, to meet with members of Congress to discuss his signature healthcare law. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Pelosi, Schumer accuse Republicans of attempting to ‘make America sick again’

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday accused Republicans seeking to repeal Obamacare of attempting to “make America sick again."

President Barack Obama met with congressional Democrats to strategize ways to protect his signature health care law from the repeal sought by congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence held another meeting with congressional Republicans Wednesday to plan a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and alternate legislation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) used the phrase “make America sick again" in an interview with Politico published Tuesday.

"Less health care and it will cost more," Schumer said. "And it will create chaos. Because you cannot repeal a plan and put nothing in its place. It doesn't matter if you say the repeal won't take place for year or two years."

Schumer repeated the phrase during a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) echoed the sentiment during the press conference.

“If you are a senior, you know, Medicaid -- almost half of Medicaid is about long-term health care. You want grandma living in the guest room? You repeal the Affordable Care Act."

Pelosi said: "This is an assault on the health security and financial security that goes with what the Affordable Care Act has done for the American people."

"So make America sick again? Is that what the Republicans want to do? I certainly hope not," she added.

Pelosi said she hopes the two parties can “work together to find a path to address some of the concerns" Republicans have without undermining the “pillar" that is Obamacare.

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