Clinton on GOP healthcare bill: 'If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party'

Hillary Clinton voiced her sharpest criticism yet of the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill in a tweet on Friday afternoon in which she said the GOP would be “the death party” if they pass their proposed legislation.

Quoting a study of the bill’s impact conducted by the liberal Center for American Progress in conjunction with Harvard researchers, the former Democratic presidential nominee wrote, “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”

The study Clinton shared found that there would be one “excess death” for every 830 people who lose coverage as a result of the GOP’s Obamacare-replacement legislation. It estimated that the loss of coverage would result in between 18,000 and about 28,000 deaths in 2026, and about 217,000 excess deaths over the next decade. 

Clinton sent a series of tweets critical of the GOP bill since the details of the draft legislation were released on Thursday. 

In one, she called on constituents to contact their senators to voice their concern about the bill. In another she retweeted a graphic alleging that 39% of children — and 76% of poor children — rely on Medicaid. She also tweeted former President Barack Obama’s Facebook post, in which he called the bill a “massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.” 

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