Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

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WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- Democrats are staging rallies across the country to highlight their opposition to repealing President Barack Obama's health care law.

Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan where Sen. Bernie Sanders called on Americans to resist Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

People lined up four abreast to get to the rally in the parking lot of Macomb County Community College in the Detroit suburb of Warren. Labor unions were a strong presence and people also carried signs including "Save our Health Care," and "Michigan Stands."

Sanders told the crowd, "This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. It is time we got our national priorities right."

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to overturn and replace the Affordable Care Act and majority Republicans in Congress this week began the process of repealing it using a budget maneuver that requires a bare majority in the Senate.

Rallies against repeal of the ACA were also held Sunday in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and a number of other cities.