Schumer comes out swinging against Trump picks and GOP privatization plans


Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did not hold back in his criticism of President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price. The Democrats are ready to fight any erosion of healthcare accessibility. Schumer's advice to his Republican colleagues: "Turn back."

Donald Trump, Tom Price, and Congressional Republicans are eagerly awaiting their opportunity to repeal the Affordable Care Act, privatize Medicare, and defund Planned Parenthood. And Chuck Schumer is having none of it.

I was just so disappointed to see the President-elect nominate Congressman Price to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services this morning.

When it comes to issues like Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and Planned Parenthood, Congressman Price and the average American couldn't be further apart.

Between this nomination of an avowed Medicare opponent, and Republicans here in Washington threatening to privatize Medicare, it’s clear that Washington Republicans are plotting a war on seniors next year.

Every senior, every American, should hear this loudly and clearly: Democrats will not let them win that fight.

After the 2004 elections, Republicans tried to take the rug out from under our seniors to privatize Social Security. And now after the 2016 elections, it seems they’re intent on trying the same trick on Medicare.

Just as their efforts failed then, they will fail now.

We say to our Republicans who want to privatize Medicare: Go try it. Make our day.

Democrats from blue states, purple states, red states are going to link arm and arm to protect Medicare for our seniors and ensure that Republicans don’t succeed in putting our seniors’ healthcare at risk

As we have said many times, there will be issues where we can work with the President-elect and his party. But privatizing Medicare is not — certainly not — one of those issues.

We're going to fight tooth and nail any attempt to privatize, voucherize, or any other “ize” you can think of, when it comes to Medicare.

To Republicans considering going down this path, my advice is simple: Turn back.

We are going to need Schumer's feisty leadership during the long and difficult battle to protect Americans' access to healthcare.