Biden: ObamaCare repeal bill would make healthcare a privilege for the wealthy
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenOvernight Tech: FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices | Biden scolds social media firms over transparency Medicaid funds shouldn't be used to subsidize state taxes on health care Biden hits social media firms over lack of transparency MORE says the GOP's bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare would make healthcare a privilege for the wealthy instead of a right for all.

Biden in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Monday slammed GOP lawmakers for threatening to remove the “peace of mind” families got from ObamaCare.

He wrote that Americans told him that ObamaCare “meant we had finally decided, as a nation, that health care is a right for all and not a privilege for the few.”

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“Republican leaders in Congress believe the opposite. And if they take that peace of mind away, they’ll have to look Americans in the eye and explain to them that they have to start worrying again,” Biden wrote.

He said veterans, children, Americans with disabilities, those in nursing homes and rural hospitals would each be dramatically hurt by the cuts to Medicaid laid out in the Senate GOP’s bill, as would Americans with mental health or substance abuse issues.

“By denying that all Americans have a right to health care, it’s fundamentally flawed,” Biden wrote. “And Republicans are underestimating the American people if they think a few changes to the bill here or there will convince us that this bill is anything but a big step backward.”

“If Republican leadership wants to improve the ACA, let’s first come to an agreement that everyone should have health coverage. Then, based on that premise, let’s have a debate about how best to improve care and reduce costs,” Biden continued. “Let’s again make the commitment that in America, health care is a right for all, not a privilege for the wealthy.”