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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to deliver over million petition signatures demanding that President-elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "keep their hands off the American people's earned Medicare benefits."  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bernie Sanders and leading Democrats are holding 'Save Health Care' rallies across the US

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UPDATE 2:12 p.m. EST: The rallies are in full swing.

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As Republicans in Congress continue to fast-track repealing the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are holding rallies across the nation Sunday urging Congress to "Save Health Care."

Leading Congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will join Sen. Bernie Sanders in organizing the dozens of rallies around the country. The full list of rally locations, billed as "Our First Stand," can be viewed here.

Sanders urged all who opposed repealing the act to "stand united."

The rallies were originally announced near the end of 2016, Politico reports

"Rallies will be held around the country to vigorously oppose the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it and throw our health care system into chaos," lawmakers wrote in an open letter. We need your help."

Sen. Schumer led Democrats to protest the repeal on the Senate floor and broadcast it on Facebook Live.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted this photo Saturday night.

Bernie Sanders and leading Democrats are holding 'Save Health Care' rallies across the US

WATCH | Last week, during a CNN town hall, House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked about his plans to replace the Affordable Care Act by a man who once voted against it, but now depended on it to afford live-saving medication. 

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