Amid uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act, former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday slammed the GOP’s efforts to repeal the landmark health care law in a Washington Post op-ed.
Biden chided his former Senate colleagues despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to appease undecided senators with an additional $45 billion put into the GOP’s revised health care bill to combat the opioid epidemic.
“But my longtime Senate colleague is, I believe, missing the point,” Biden wrote. “You can’t take away comprehensive health insurance from people struggling with opioid addiction and then just throw $2 billion or, for that matter, $45 billion their way for treatment.”
Biden said the days before the Affordable Care Act are not a sustainable model and that the GOP plan would take Americans back to that time.
“The ACA isn’t perfect, but the choices we made when designing the law flowed from a commitment to provide the best possible care to the most people,” Biden wrote.
Nearly a dozen senators are still undecided on whether they support the revised GOP health care bill, which was unveiled on Thursday. With Arizona Sen. John McCain out this week due to an unexpected surgery, a vote on the repeal bill is not expected to happen until next month at the earliest.