UPDATE: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:07 p.m. EST:
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday slammed the motives behind the Senate GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill.
The Senate health bill isn't about health care at all—it's a wealth transfer: slashes care to fund tax cuts for the wealthy & corporations.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 23, 2017
Slashing Medicaid hurts kids, the elderly, people with disabilities and those struggling with addiction. All for tax breaks for the wealthy.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 23, 2017
Especially now, when so many communities are struggling with opioid addiction, the bill's drastic cuts to Medicaid are cruel.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 23, 2017
Let's see a bill that actually tries to improve folks' health care, and then we can have a reasonable debate about how to best do that.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 23, 2017
Former President Barack Obama on Thursday blasted draft legislation from Senate GOP leaders for repealing and replacing ObamaCare.
“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” he wrote on Facebook. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”
“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm,” Obama added.
“And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday tweeted that lawmakers should throw the controversial draft bill in the trash.
We should take this pathetic health care bill, throw it in the garbage can and do something that will work for ordinary Americans instead.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 22, 2017
Forbes opinion editor Avik Roy tweeted that passing legislation for repealing Obama’s namesake healthcare law would be a monumental achievement.
Finished reading the Senate HC bill. Put simply: If it passes, it’ll be the greatest policy achievement by a GOP Congress in my lifetime.— Avik Roy (@Avik) June 22, 2017
Republican Sens. Rand Paul (KY), Mike Lee (UT), Ted Cruz (TX) and Ron Johnson (WI) on Thursday admitted they “are not ready to vote for this bill.”
The group of conservative senators added, however, they are “open to negotiation” for a different version.
A high-stakes vote over the Senate GOP leadership’s healthcare bill is expected next week following the release of its draft version Thursday.
The measure reportedly includes big cuts to Medicaid, ultimately turning it into a system of capped federal payments to limit federal spending.
The draft bill would also purportedly eliminate ObamaCare’s mandates to buy healthcare coverage.