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Democrats and their allies won't let Obamacare go down without a fight

Noam N. Levey and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau on

Published in Health & Fitness

"This is not just about the Affordable Care Act," said Richard Kirsch, former national campaign manager of Health Care for America Now, a coalition of liberal grass-roots groups that played a pivotal role in helping pass Obamacare in 2009 and 2010.

"They are talking about replacing Medicare, cutting funding for Medicaid. ... This would be devastating to affordability and accessibility of health care for millions of Americans, and we are going to making it clear that this is one big attack on people's health."

Kirsch is helping restart the campaign, which has already organized demonstrations in 19 states.

On Capitol Hill, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who is leading messaging efforts for younger voters on Obamacare, said the fate of the entitlement programs will also figure prominently in Democratic lawmakers' efforts.

"More than ever, the family's income is tied together," he said, summarizing the message as: "Don't end my mom's Medicare. Don't take my dad's health care. ... If our parents' health care security is in jeopardy, the whole family's financial security is in jeopardy."

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