Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'


Former president Barack Obama posted a almost 1,000-word critique of the Senate health-care bill Thursday on Facebook, warning, "This bill will do you harm". "It will make families pay more for less care and increase the number of people who are uninsured".

"I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when OH is facing an opioid epidemic", Portman said in a statement. With only 52 seats in the Senate, Republicans can only afford to lose two Republican votes to bypass a Democratic filibuster, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie. It also delays cuts to Medicaid by one year, until 2021, although the cuts would be deeper than the House version in later years.

Obama later asks in part, "What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child's cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?"

"Now we know why they tried to keep this secret", Nelson said in a statement issued by his office a couple of hours after the bill, which was drafted under closed doors for weeks, was released.

Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered to work with Republicans on a new draft for health care reform Thursday. "The Senate bill may be meaner".

"It's just not covering low-income people with Medicaid, it's coordinating between Medicaid and the refundable tax credit", Hoeven said. "I think it's a bad idea when you rely on a small percentage of wealthy people for health care for other people", said Jason Clark, the chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party.

"Much like the House Republican healthcare bill, this is a repulsive scam perpetrated against the American people", Higgins said. "So we're going to see very significant reductions in coverage in Medicaid and big cuts in federal funding that will result in significant budget gaps for states". Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has already stated his intention to have a vote on the bill as early as next week as senators scramble to review the 200-page document.

"From what I understand, their bill tracks in many ways along the lines of the House bill".

The group says the more gradual phase-out of Medicaid expansion now covering 400,000 Arizonans gives states more time to adjust.

Perhaps, the most un-American element to the Republican health care bill is that it would take health insurance away from 441,300 veterans who are on Medicaid.