Obama says it's 'frustrating' to keep fighting GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare

Senator Bill Cassidy, left and Senator Lindsey Graham, right are the main authors of a new bill that would effectively replace Obamacare with block grants to the US states

The Senate will vote next week on Graham-Cassidy, and the bill continues to gain widespread endorsements from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, 15 Republican governors, as well as Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

In a rare public appearance eight months after leaving office, former President Barack Obama took shots at his successor's plans on health care and foreign policy but didn't criticize him by name.

It is not clear the majority Republicans have enough votes to pass the latest repeal effort advanced by Senators Lindsay Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. He says it's "aggravating" to see continued attempts to roll back health care. "Money direct to States!"

On climate change, Obama said the federal government isn't "as engaged in these efforts as I would like". The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, written by Sens.

Republicans are pushing against a September 30 deadline to garner 50 votes in favor of the legislation.

With Paul and Senator Susan Collins of ME considered as definitive "no" votes, the fate of the measure could again come down to two Republican senators who voted against a repeal effort in July, Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona.

Speaking in New York, Obama said the bill would increase costs and strip coverage from vulnerable Americans.

During a speech at the Gates Foundation, he admitted that Obamacare was not ideal and some aspects of the law needed to be fixed.

"When I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress, for the 50th or 60th time, with bills that will raise costs, reduce coverage and roll back protections for older Americans and people with pre-existing conditions.it is aggravating", Obama said.

Obama said it was essential to keep resisting efforts to scrap Obamacare.

"And all of this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuary or plain common sense rationale, it frustrates", Obama said.



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