Sanders: No amendment could fix Senate's 'absolute disaster' healthcare bill

Sanders: No amendment could fix Senate's 'absolute disaster' healthcare bill
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWorld leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report Sanders on Brazile revelations: DNC needs ‘far more transparency’ Sen. Warren sold out the DNC MORE (I-Vt.) slammed the Senate GOP's revised healthcare bill on Thursday, calling it an "absolute disaster" that is beyond repair from just "a small tweak here or there."

"The revised Republican 'healthcare' plan is an absolute disaster that will inflict severe economic pain on millions of Americans," Sanders said in a statement Thursday. 

Senate Republicans released a revised healthcare plan intended to dismantle ObamaCare on Thursday, in hopes it would get enough support to pass the Senate.

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The Vermont senator, who ran for president in last year's Democratic primary, said no small amendment or change could make the bill good enough to be the law of the land.

"Let’s be clear: the Republican bill is fatally flawed and no small tweak here or there will undo the massive damage that it will cause to Vermont and the entire country. It must be defeated," Sanders continued.

Sanders expressed concern about the measure's deep cuts to Medicaid, proposed plan to defund Planned Parenthood and tax breaks for large drug corporations.

"Make no mistake about it, thousands of Americans every year will die unnecessarily if this legislation is passed," Sanders said.

Sanders led rallies in two red states — Kentucky and West Virginia — over the weekend to further show opposition to the Senate Republicans' bill.

The Independent lawmaker has been a vocal critic of both the House and Senate healthcare measures. 

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has advocated for more progressive healthcare measures such as a Medicare-for-all system.