Former Vice President Joe Biden says the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would make health care a privilege for the rich instead of a right for all Americans.
Biden’s comments come in an OpEd published in the Washington Post on Monday, where he criticized the GOP for threatening to remove the “peace of mind” families have with Obamacare.
He wrote that Americans shared with him that Obamacare “meant we had finally decided, as a nation, that health care is a right for all and not a privilege for the few.”
“Republican leaders in Congress believe the opposite. And if they take that peace of mind away, they’ll have to look Americans in the eye and explain to them that they have to start worrying again,” Biden wrote.
The former Vice President added that many groups, such as veterans will be hurt by the cuts to Medicaid laid out in the bill.
“By denying that all Americans have a right to health care, it’s fundamentally flawed,” Biden wrote. “And Republicans are underestimating the American people if they think a few changes to the bill here or there will convince us that this bill is anything but a big step backward.”
“If Republican leadership wants to improve the ACA, let’s first come to an agreement that everyone should have health coverage. Then, based on that premise, let’s have a debate about how best to improve care and reduce costs,” Biden continued. “Let’s again make the commitment that in America, health care is a right for all, not a privilege for the wealthy.”