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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 SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay 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 ObamaBiden raised key concerns with Putin, but may have overlooked others Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Obama on Supreme Court ruling: 'The Affordable Care Act is here to stay' 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.