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Barack Obama Facebook Post on Health Care Bill

Obama Blasts the "Fundamental Meanness" of the Senate Healthcare Bill in an Impassioned Letter


Former President Barack Obama has a warning for Americans: the Senate healthcare bill — which was finally unveiled on June 22 after being drafted in private by Republicans — will "do you harm" and will force "millions of Americans to lose coverage entirely."

Obama has stayed largely above the political fray since leaving office in January, but in a passionate, lengthy Facebook post published the same day the healthcare bill was shared with the public, he took the legislation to task. "Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm," he wrote.

Obama also acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act was imperfect, saying "if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our healthcare system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it. That remains true."

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But Obama made it clear that in his view, the bill does not represent progress or reflect the interests of the American people. "The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a healthcare bill," he wrote. "It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America." Read Obama's complete post below:

Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen...

Posted by Barack Obama on Thursday, June 22, 2017
Image Source: Getty / Chip Somodevilla
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