After Obama Denounced GOP Health Care Bill, People Thanked Him For ACA With Personal Stories

"Thank you, Mr. President."

Former President Barack Obama broke his silence regarding the Senate's draft of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on June 22, calling the proposed piece of legislation crafted by Senate republicans, in part, "a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America," and "harmful."

In its current form, the bill, which is meant to repeal the Obama-designed Affordable Care Act, stands to eliminate the individual mandate, drastically cut federal support of Medicaid, and eliminate Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others, according to CNN. At the same time, the bill serves as a tax cut for the richest Americans.

In the wake of Obama's powerful denunciation of the on Facebook, many Americans who have greatly benefited from Obamacare took to the comments to share their stories and express their thanks to the former president.

Here are a few of their stories:


Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards even chimed in, pointing out how Obamacare positively impacted the lives of 55 million women who currently have co-pay free birth control and can't be denied coverage because of breast cancer or a C-section. 

The GOP's proposed health care bill includes a provision that will defund Planned Parenthood for one year, according to The New York Times.

Another aspect of the AHCA worth noting is how it treats preexisting conditions. CNN reports the Senate 

The bill would force insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions and forbid them from basing premiums on consumers' health history. However, there's a big loophole that didn't exist under Obamacare, as the bill would also permit states to waive the federal mandate on what insurers must cover, according to CNN. In other words, insurers could offer less comprehensive policies, so those with pre-existing conditions may not have all of their treatments covered.

As evidenced by dozens of comments on Obama's post, many people who have or who have loved ones with pre-existing conditions are grateful to Obama, but worried about what's to come.

As of June 23, nine GOP senators have indicated they oppose or have concerns with the bill. If three vote against it, the bill would fail. The health care bill is expected to be put to an official vote next Thursday, June 29, according to CNN

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