President Obama took the gloves off Thursday after getting a look at the Senate version of health care repeal.
“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” the former president wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. 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.”
“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm,” he added. “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.”
Obama staked his presidency on signing a bill into law that ultimately expanded healthcare coverage to tens of millions of Americans. He won a second term despite the GOP’s vicious and misleading attacks on the legislation, but congressional Democrats suffered consecutive losses at the polls in the wake enacting the Affordable Care Act. But as Obama noted Thursday, providing basic healthcare coverage to more Americans should never be subject to callous political calculations: