June 24, 2017
Barack Obama has called the Republican replacement for his signature healthcare legislation, Obamacare, a “massive transfer of wealth” from the poor and middle-class to the wealthy.
The former President and namesake for the existing Affordable Care Act healthcare law took to Facebook to express his concern over the replacement bill set to be voted upon in the Senate that would benefit the wealthy with massive tax cuts as well as pharmaceutical and insurance companies.
Mr Obama wrote that “health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did”.
Mr Obama said that though repealing and replacing Obamacare has become a core issue for Republicans, “we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.”
Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.
I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. 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.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.
Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that…