Huff Po: Dem Lawmaker Calls GOP Health Care Repeal Bill An Act Of ‘Malice,’ Not ‘Mercy’

Kim Bellware, Huffington Post

House Republicans’ current efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are more malicious than merciful, says one Democratic lawmaker.

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) issued a harsh rebuke of the GOP-led effort on Wednesday during his opening statements at the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing on legislation to repeal and replace the ACA.

Kennedy singled out a comment House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made a day earlier, in which he called the GOP’s repeal effort “an act of mercy.”

“There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury … This is not an act of mercy; this is an act of malice,” Kennedy said Wednesday.

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