Barack Obama continues to destroy American traditions.
He already spent eight years doing this as President.
Now he’s carrying on by stabbing Trump in the back.
Former Presidents are not supposed to comment on the affairs of their successor.
That’s for good reason.
America can only have one President at a time.
George W. Bush carried on this tradition by famously saying he owed Barack Obama his silence.
Obama has no intention of returning the favor.
He already criticized Trump for his travel ban.
Now he’s released an outrageous, lie-filled statement attacking the GOP’s bill to partially repeal Obamacare.
Obama’s statement began with the lie that some Republicans worked towards passing Obamacare.
The Atlantic reports he wrote:
“I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.
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—a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.”
That’s fake news.
Obamacare passed without a single GOP vote in Congress and was universally opposed by GOP activists and interest groups.
Next Obama attacked the GOP bill, which reforms Medicaid and cuts, curbs the growth and healthcare spending, and cuts taxes, as harmful.
The Atlantic reports he wrote:
“But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.
The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.
Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family—this bill will do you harm. 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.”
The bill is a step towards saving America from an Obamacare death spiral.
Premiums are skyrocketing.
Insurers are leaving the market place which restricts consumer choice.
None of Obamacare’s promises have come true.
It’s a failed system that must go.
If anything, the GOP bill does not go far enough in completely repealing Obamacare.
But those arguments are for the current officeholders to make.
And as a former President, it’s Obama’s duty to sit on the sidelines and stay quiet.