I was wondering how Obama would address this heath care debacle.
He called the bill “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”
“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” the former commander-in-chief writes on Facebook. “It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.”
Echoing Democratic concerns that the bill would raise premiums and deductibles on many people, especially the sickest Americans, Obama notes the millions of Americans who are expected to lose coverage if the bill becomes law.
“Simply put,” Obama wrote, “if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm. 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.”
The Senate health care proposal is already in jeopardy. Four GOP senators have expressed their opposition to the legislation in its current form, which would eliminate Republicans’ chance of passing the bill as-is. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has said he wants a vote on the bill before the Senate recesses for the July 4 holiday.
Read Obama’s full Facebook post below.