Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) heavily criticized Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, for their dramatic attacks on the Republican Senate leadership’s health care bill.
On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Republican leadership’s plan to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. The bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would scale back numerous Obamacare mandates, regulations and taxes, but would keep much of the basic framework in place.
Within 30 minutes of the 142-page bill being released, Schumer, who had accused Republicans of keeping the bill a secret as recently as the day before its release, hammered the legislation, calling it “meaner” than the legislation passed in the House of Representatives in May, the American Health Care Act.
“This #Trumpcare bill strips away protections from the ppl [sic] who need them most in order to give a tax break to those who need it least,” Schumer wrote on Twitter almost immediately after the bill was released.
“Frankly, every senior in America should read the fine print of this #Trumpcare bill; it looks like American seniors could be paying WAY more,” Schumer added, along with several other critical posts.
Schumer also said the bill is “meaner” than the AHCA and “heartless.”
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 22, 2017
Not to be outdone by her fellow Democrats, Clinton said on Friday the Republicans are now the “death party.”
“Forget death panels,” Clinton wrote on Twitter. “If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party.”
Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017
On Saturday, Huckabee appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” where he criticized Clinton, Schumer and other Democrats for attacking the health care bill.
Huckabee said Clinton’s rhetoric makes the parties “look silly” and shows “they don’t have an argument.”
“And when rhetoric goes to that level, I think it makes the parties look silly,” Huckabee said. “It sort of reveals they don’t have an argument, they can’t discuss the merits of a piece of legislation or a proposal, so they’re reduced to the most childish form of political rhetoric, which is to say, ‘You’re a bad person. You’re going to kill somebody.’ It’s so over the top; it’s just absurd.”
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Huckabee said Schumer’s response was “carefully crafted” and that it was “amazing” he released such a negative statement so quickly after the bill’s release.
"I think the guy is clairvoyant," Huckabee quipped.
"The curtain needs to come down on this theater, because the play is getting tiresome," Huckabee added.