Director Michael Moore sent a message to Democrats following Republicans' decision to not vote on the American Health Care Act, which was created as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare (video below).
On March 24, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan decided to not have a vote on the American Health Care Act after realizing it did not have enough support to pass the House of Representatives, The Hill reports. Trump said it makes sense to let Obamacare fail and blame it on the Democrats.
Earlier that day, Trump tweeted: "After seven horrible years of Obamacare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!"
Speaking from the Oval Office after the decision to pull the bill, Trump said: "We were very close. It was a very, very tight margin," according to CNN.
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"We had no Democratic support," he said. "I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It's exploding right now."
Moore, speaking with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, said it was good news that the AHCA was pulled because "the millions of people who are beneficiaries of Obamacare are not going to be thrown out on the curb ... anytime soon." He also included a warning for Democrats.
"This is not the time for the Democrats to gloat," Moore said, according to The Hill.
"This is the time we have to now double down," he added. "Please understand that Trump is telling you the truth when he tells you that Obamacare is going to explode or implode ... they are going to actively make sure that that happens," he said.
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Moore believes progressive leaders like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont need to push for real fixes to Obamacare that Trump supporters, the working poor and working class want.
"Democrats, you have to get this fixed," he said of the problems with Obamacare that cost the party votes in the 2016 presidential election.
"We need to push for single-payer insurance Medicare for all," Moore said, adding that the resistance needs to not entirely focus on Congress, but go after the for-profit insurance companies to stop the implosion or explosion of Obamacare.
Sanders said the canceled vote on the Republicans' health care bill a major victory for working-class Americans, according to The Hill.
"Our job is to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it," Sanders said. "Our job is to guarantee health care to all people as a right, not a privilege."
Ryan told reporters, "We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."
He also told fellow Republicans they are moving on from health care, CNN reports.
Trump said that tax reform is next on his agenda.