Repealing Obamacare is one of President Donald Trump’s greatest tasks — and he’s getting very close.
However, former President Barack Obama chimed in days before the Senate votes to repeal of Obamacare, slamming the Republican party for creating what he believes is not a “not a healthcare bill.”
“It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.”
The Washington Examiner reports:
Obama broke his silence about the bill following a draft released by Senate Republicans Thursday. The bill makes significant changes to the structure of Medicaid, rolls back the individual and employer mandate, stabilizes the Obamacare exchanges for a few years and gives states a broad range of flexibility to make changes to healthcare plans.
Senators have been meeting about the bill for weeks, but its details have been closely held and Senate leaders are planning a vote next week. Because they are advancing the bill through reconciliation, they can afford to lose no more than two votes in the Senate to reach a majority, assuming a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.
Obama slammed the “rushed” process that Republicans were using to advance their legislation and said that it would undo the protections that his law, formally called the Affordable Care Act, created.
“I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party,” he said. “Still, I hope that our senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on healthcare or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.”
Obama noted that changes would be made to the bill but that he believed they would be just as harmful, invoking a term his successor, President Trump used, calling the House healthcare bill “mean.”
“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm,” he said. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”
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