It’s ‘Not A Health Care Bill,’ Barack Obama Warns

Former President Barack Obama spoke out Thursday warning Americans the proposed GOP Senate bill is not a health care.

“I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party,” Obama wrote in a Facebook post. “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 health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.”

The GOP-proposed bill will repeal the Affordable Care Act‘s individual mandate, significantly cut back federal support of Medicaid, and eliminate ACA’s taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., writes “Mean-er” on a reported quote by President Donald Trump as Schumer responds to the release of the Republicans’ healthcare bill.

“It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America,” Obama wrote. “It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.”

Obama urged Americans to call members of Congress, visit their offices, speak out and “let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.”

“After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics,” Obama said. “It’s about the character of our country — who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.”

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