Sanders: ObamaCare repeal bill should be 'flushed down the toilet'

Sanders: ObamaCare repeal bill should be 'flushed down the toilet'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream On The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS Biden-Sanders unity task force calls for Fed, US Postal Service consumer banking MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday warned that the GOP's ObamaCare replacement bill would not pass muster in the Senate, saying it should instead be "flushed down the toilet."

"This Republican health care bill needs to either be flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage. It's not getting through the Senate," Sanders wrote on Twitter.

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The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals large parts of ObamaCare, narrowly passed a House vote Thursday, granting President Trump and GOP lawmakers an initial victory in their long-promised effort to do away with former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNeil Young updates song 'Lookin' for a Leader' opposing Trump, endorsing Biden Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump Trump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? MORE's signature healthcare law.

But the bill is likely to face a major hurdle in the Senate, where support for the House measure among many Republicans is tepid at best. Some GOP senators have indicated that they will craft their own legislation to replace ObamaCare.

Sanders, a progressive firebrand who has long called for a single-payer healthcare system, has been a vocal opponent of the AHCA, arguing it will rip health insurance away from millions of people. 

The AHCA would allow states to apply for a waiver from certain provisions of the existing law, including an ObamaCare rule barring insurers from charging customers with pre-existing conditions more for their coverage. An amendment aimed at quelling concerns among moderate Republicans would set aside $8 billion over five years to help those with pre-existing conditions.