Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) on Monday asserted that the Republican health care plan was "cruel" because it would take health care away from 750,000 people and give the savings to just 400 of the wealthiest taxpayers.
"The top 400 hundred people in terms of tax cuts here, the amount of money they'll get in tax cuts would pay for Medicaid for 750,000 people," Franken explained to a panel of guests on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
Citing a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine, Franken pointed out that "one to two thousand people will die if you cut 750,000 people from Medicaid."
"So that means you are killing one to two thousand -- killing them!" he added. "People on Medicaid have better health care outcomes, they have access to a doctor. They don't have to have catastrophic costs, they don't go bankrupt. This works and it saves lives."
"This is mean," Franken concluded. "This is worse than mean, it is cruel."
Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast June 26, 2017.