Responding to Barack Obama, who appealed to his Facebook followers with the claim that the bill unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday is “not a health care bill,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer reminded the former president on Friday that Obama's signature legislation is "dead."
Obama claimed that the GOP bill betrays a “fundamental meanness at the core of the legislation,” and urged senators to oppose it. “The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” Obama wrote. “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.”
Spicer countered Obama’s assertions, saying that it realizes President Donald Trump’s goals of making health care accessible and affordable. “I don’t know how it is mean to provide people health care, and that’s what we’re doing here,” Spicer said on Fox News. Speaking on Friday, Spicer said, “The real meanness is allowing the American people to believe that Obamacare is still alive.” Obamacare is no longer an option for the American people, Spicer said. “Obamacare has died – it is over – it is in need of its own health care,” Spicer said. “Luckily, we are coming to the rescue on that.”