Speaking at the John F. Kennedy President Library and Museum in Boston on Sunday, former President Barack Obama addressed the elephant in the room: President Trump’s plan to replace Obamacare.
“I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful … but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable, and the sick, and the infirm, and those who often have no access to the corridors of power,” said Obama as he was being presented with the Profile in Courage Award from the Kennedy family. “I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what is politically expedient, but doing what they believe deep in their hearts is right.”
The debate over health care in the U.S. “is not settled,” said Obama, focusing most of his speech on President Kennedy’s Legacy as his 100th birthday approaches later this month.
According to Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., Obama earned the award by facing many challenges during his tenure as POTUS. “It’s about understanding the challenges we face as a country and as a planet, and mustering the political will to do what is right even if what is right at that moment isn’t necessarily popular,” he said.
The American Health Care Act now goes to the Senate, with critics worried about Medicaid cuts, higher premiums for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.
Senator Susan Collins R-Maine said the Senate will now completely rewrite the healthcare law, so it will likely be much different from the bill that passed through the House. The could pave the way for a compromise bill. It may also mean much of Obamacare will be left in place.
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