Obama Slams The New Health Care Bill & The Republicans Who Wrote It

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In a statement Thursday, former President Obama denounced the Republican health care bill, encouraging senators to vote against it and insisting that no amount of amendments of tweaks can change "the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation." Obama both praised the Affordable Care Act and suggested that the Republican Party is attempting to repeal the law as a means of scoring a "political win" over Democrats, rather than out of an earnest attempt to improve American health care. Said Obama:

Since leaving office, Obama has largely stayed out of the public spotlight, and rarely comments on the political news of the day. But he broke his silence on Thursday, the day Senate Republicans released their health care bill, writing that the legislation would "raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it."

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Here's Obama's full statement on the legislation:

It's unclear whether Obama's words will convince any Republican senators to change their votes on the bill. But by encouraging his supporters (many of whom live in red states) to call their representatives and voice their opposition to the bill, he's flexing the political muscle he still has in an attempt to save his signature domestic achievement as president.