Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama do not want Obamacare repealed and replaced, and they are urging their supporters to fight it.
In response to the newly released GOP healthcare bill, Clinton shot out a Twitter message Friday morning, backing up a statement Obama had made earlier.
“BarackObama is right. This is a critical moment about choosing people over politics. Speak out against this bill,” Clinton tweeted.
She included a link back to a very long Facebook rant Obama had posted Thursday, in an effort to influence the Senate’s decision on the GOP healthcare bill.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017
Obama had sent out a Twitter post Thursday claiming healthcare is more than politics – it’s about the “character of our country.”
He followed that up with his long message on Facebook, noting the division in America’s politics, reminding his supporters of how they had “fought” for the Affordable Care Act.
“We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.
Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones…”
Painting a picture of utter devastation, Obama alleged that the new plan just “hands enormous tax cuts to the rich” and would cut health care for everyone else, threatening that “many families will lose coverage entirely.” He said it was tough to fathom putting “American people through the pain.”
He concluded in his essay, “After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.”
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has already announced he won’t support the bill the way it currently stands.
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