President Barack Obama is urging lawmakers to “step back and measure what’s really at stake” when considering a health care bill proposed Thursday by Senate Republicans. The measure would replace the Affordable Care Act, a crowning achievement of Obama’s tenure.
Describing the bill in a Facebook post as “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America,” Obama encouraged the Senate to put Americans’ well-being over partisan politics.
“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,” Obama wrote.
Read Obama’s full statement below: