Barack Obama delivers an eloquent plea to save health care

Former US President Barack Obama waves at the end of a discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, May 25, 2017.
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In case you've forgotten, this is what a president's supposed to sound like.

While Donald Trump tried to distract the nation from the Senate's healthcare bill with tweets about Russia, "Cryin' Chuck," and those non-existent Comey "tapes," Barack Obama used Facebook to deliver a 939-word message defending his own health care law and asking Americans to call on their senators to vote down the AHCA.

There's plenty here that takes direct aim at the current health care debate, like the notion that this is simply a move to wipe away a law belong to Obama:

"the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did."

There's a reference to the Congressional Budget Office's estimation that 23 million people will lose health care under the new plan:

"That's not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office."

And there's criticism of the GOP's secrecy surrounding their bill: "We didn't fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain."

It's also a rare thing to see a previous president fighting against his successor for his legacy legislation just months after leaving office.

But that's what Obama does in a post that has all the touches of his previous speeches, including a sense of empathy that has been completely lacking from Trump's speeches on a health care proposal that he himself described as "mean."

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