Senator Bernie Sanders urged his republican colleague Shelley Moore Capito to vote against what he called a “barbaric and immoral” ObamaCare repeal bill, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
“It turns out that the legislation that is coming before the Senate in a few days, the so-called health care bill, will be the most devastating attack on the working class of this country in the modern history of the United States of America”, Sanders said.
“This legislation will cause devastating, unprecedented harm to millions of people in my state, in your state and all across the country”, he added. The Senate is expected to vote this week on its plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
“We will not allow 23 million Americans to be thrown off of the health insurance they currently have in order to give $500 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent, the insurance companies and drug companies,” Sanders said at an event hosted by Move On Civic Action and several other progressive organizations. “You don’t have a health care bill by throwing off millions of people off health insurance”, he said.
Five Republican senators have so far said that they won’t support the current form of the bill, with Sanders urging Capito to join their ranks.
“Right now, nobody knows whether this bill will pass or fail. It will come down to a handful of votes. I believe that if Senator Capito votes no, this bill will in fact go down. If she votes no, the Republicans likely will not have the votes to pass this disastrous legislation”, Sanders said.
“Senator Capito is continuing to review and working to improve the health care legislation released last week. She welcomes and appreciates the perspectives of West Virginians as this process continues”, said Ashley Berrang, a Capito spokeswoman, told the Gazette-Mail on Sunday night.