Sanders: GOP healthcare bill ‘barbaric and immoral’
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ripped the GOP proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare on Monday night, after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that an extra 22 million people would become uninsured over the next decade.
In addition to predicting that an additional 22 million would become uninsured by 2026, the CBO analysis also found that lower financial assistance would make premiums unaffordable for many low-income people.
Sanders added on Monday night that the GOP bill “must be defeated” and “is not worthy of a great nation.”
“The Congressional Budget Office analysis … gives us 22 million reasons why this legislation should not see the light of day,” he said.
GOP leadership has a narrow path to passing its bill. Republicans have 52 seats, meaning they can only lose two GOP senators and still rely on Vice President Pence break a tie.
So far, four GOP senators have said they will vote against proceeding to the House-passed bill that is being used a vehicle for the Senate’s legislation — enough support to kill the measure unless further changes are made. Several other GOP senators signaled on Monday that they were undecided.
No Democrats are expected to support the Republican legislation.