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Democrats: Trump will make America sick again

President Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence each meet with lawmakers from their parties, Jan. 4, to discuss plans for the Affordable Care Act. (Video: Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post, Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Democrats can’t stop the Republicans from gutting the Affordable Care Act so they want to make sure Donald Trump and the GOP take the full blame for any blow-back of and when the health-care system comes apart.

Their message: Trump wants to Make America Sick Again.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled a new slogan Wednesday after an extensive closed-door strategy meeting with President Obama. Schumer and Pelosi plan to attack the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement as an attempt to dismantle the entire health-care system, including Medicare and Medicaid, according to a copy of the memo obtained by the Washington Post.

“Instead of fulfilling their promise to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are going to make America sick again by offering no health care plan to the American people and actually dismantling Medicare, Medicaid as well as the ACA,” the memo reads.

Pelosi and Schumer outlined the new messaging strategy in a memo sent Wednesday to every Democrat on Capitol Hill. The memo provided an eight-point attack on the GOP plan, which Democrats say will exacerbate the opioid epidemic, increase insurance premiums and provide massive tax breaks for millionaires.

“Republicans are ripping health care away from millions of Americans and creating chaos throughout our whole economy,” a top talking point in the memo reads.

“Independent experts say this will take us back to the old days when insurance companies could discriminate against people, like individuals with pre-existing conditions.”

The memo reveals the first elements of a plan to call out Trump’s vow to repeal Obamacare as a violation of his campaign pledge to save Medicare and Medicaid “without cutting it to the bone.”