Here in Massachusetts, we have a four letter word for "alternative facts"; we simply call them lies. But this is what we're up against -- people who will attempt to use their own reality to make a case to drastically change our country unless we stand up and push back.
Will Rogers famously said, "even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Well, I don't know about you, but I'm not just sitting here waiting for Donald Trump to run our values over.
That's why I joined Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and my House colleagues last week in Boston to rally with thousands of engaged Massachusetts residents ready to stand up and fight to save the ACA.
That's why yesterday on Cape Cod, like millions of other Americans, I attended my nearest Women's March. On the Falmouth Village Green, I spoke about the importance of the Affordable Care Act and the local effects it has had in Southeastern Massachusetts. Afterward, a steady stream of constituents approached me and shared personal stories of why the ACA was important to them.
When I head back to Washington this week, I will be fighting for the Affordable Care Act -- which includes provisions that ensure you're not charged more because of your gender; that families have coverage until their children turn 26; and that treatment for public health issues like opioid addiction are covered. I will be fighting for you and our shared values because it is imperative that our country stays on the right track.
We're three weeks into the new session of Congress and three days into Donald Trump's presidency. The GOP has already shown their hand – they're ready to roll over for the Trump agenda by repealing the Affordable Care Act, while the White House has demonstrated its willingness to use "alternative facts" when real facts – what you and I call the truth -- don't fit their narrative.
We have a lot of work to do in the coming days and months, but I'm confident that with your help we'll be able to make an impact. Can I count on you to stand up with me?