Barack Obama has said that it is “aggravating” to continually fend off Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal his signature healthcare law.
“When I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time, with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage or roll back protections … it is aggravating,” Barack Obama said at a New York event sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates.
It’s the first time the former president has weighed in since Senate Republicans renewed their push to wipe out the Affordable Care Act.
The GOP House had six years of renaming post offices & could have come up with something. You should send your plan to your favorite GOP congressperson. They seem to need al, the input & help they can get. [Barack Obama]
Now they’ve got complete control of all of Congress & not one of them has a plan, especially a plan that does what you suggested… including Donald Trump, who very clearly, very brashly raved about the fictitious plan that he didn’t actually have.
For all the moaning about democrats, it seems that democrats at least do work. You might not like their bills, but at least they’re writing them & got them passed when they had control.
Donald Trump sees that the GOP does nothing, so he’s found out that if he wants to actually get anything done without Executive Orders, he’s got to work with the people willing & able to actually accomplish things.
Barack Obama acknowledged the situation “frustrates” him, but called on supporters to push back against the new legislation.
“It’s certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents,” he said. “But typically, that’s how progress is won and how progress is maintained.”
Senate Republican leaders are moving to hold a vote next week on a proposal written by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would roll back key provisions of ObamaCare.
Graham fired back at Obama in a statement, saying it’s “unrealistic to expect President Obama would acknowledge his signature issue is failing.”
“It’s no surprise President Barack Obama opposes sending money and power back to the states and closer to where the patients live. Obamacare was designed with the exact opposite goal in mind — which is to consolidate health care power and decision-making in Washington.”
The legislation would cut off federal funding for the law’s expansion of Medicaid and subsidies to help people purchase insurance coverage, while block granting the money to states. It would also repeal ObamaCare’s mandates and create a waiver program for states seeking to bypass the law’s regulations.
Since leaving office eight months ago, Obama has seldom jumped into the partisan political fray. But he has weighed in several times against President Trump’s efforts to roll back his core policies.
The former president blasted the previous Senate GOP-backed repeal bill over the summer, calling it “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”