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Democratic senators plan nationwide rallies in support of Obamacare

Protesters display placards supporting former President Barack Obama's healthcare reform during a demonstration in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 2010. (Getty Images/Jewel Samad)

In a "Dear Colleague" letter this weekend, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) encouraged their fellow Democratic senators to show support for the Affordable Care Act with rallies at the end of the month.

In Saturday's joint letter, the two senators decried Republicans' plan to repeal the controversial health care law and claimed the GOP's plan was already "in chaos."

The letter said:

Public support for the law is at an all-time high, while the number of Americans supporting its immediate repeal without a replacement has dipped below 15 percent. It is critical we seize this momentum.

The American people increasingly understand that throwing 20 million people off health insurance, privatizing Medicare, raising prescription drug costs for seniors and doing away with life-and-death patient protection provisions is not acceptable. The overwhelming majority of Americans want to improve the ACA, not destroy it.

"This is not a Democratic issue, a Republican issue or an Independent issue," the senators wrote. "The overwhelming majority of Americans, regardless of political persuasion, understand that we have to go forward on health care, not backwards."

The nationwide rallies are planned for Feb. 25, according to the letter.

A January survey from NBC and the Wall Street Journal found that 45 percent of Americans thought former President Barack Obama's health care law was a "good idea;" in comparison, 41 percent thought it was a bad idea.

President Donald Trump promised throughout his campaign to repeal Obamacare, and he recently ensured that its replacement would still guarantee "insurance for everybody."

And while Trump promised a repeal and replacement quickly, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) admitted earlier this month that Republicans have yet to begin work on a plan.

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