Spicer hits back at Obama for criticism of Senate health bill

Spicer hits back at Obama for criticism of Senate health bill

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday knocked former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhat does the Preamble to the Constitution have to do with Build Back Better? White House underscores action amid violent crime streak Biden frustration with Fox News breaks through surface MORE for his criticism of the “fundamental meanness” of the Senate GOP’s healthcare plan. 

“Well, the real meanness is allowing American people to believe that ObamaCare is still alive,” Spicer said during an interview with Fox News.  

Obama on Thursday blasted the Senate GOP leadership’s plan to overhaul his signature healthcare law. 

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"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill," he wrote in a Facebook post. "It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America."

"Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm," Obama wrote. "And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation."

The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, but President Trump and his allies have argued it’s “dead,” citing rising premiums and insurers leaving markets in several states. 

“ObamaCare is dead — it isn’t an option,” Spicer said. “I think we need to face the reality of that. When people want to compare this bill with ObamaCare it’s an unfair comparison.”

The spokesman expressed confidence that the chances are “very high” the GOP bill will pass and said it would rescue families hurt by ObamaCare. 

“I don’t know how it’s mean to provide people healthcare and that’s what we’re doing here,” he said.