by Countable | 5.4.17
After passing their controversial bill to revamp the nation’s healthcare system on a narrow 217-213 vote, Republicans walked out of the Capitol to shouts of "Shame, shame, shame!" With Democrats and independents largely opposed to the compromise bill that grants states waivers that could impact coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, the fight over health reform is far from over.
"I feel sick," Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) told Countable after voting against the bill. “For the first time in U.S. history the House of Representatives voted to take away health insurance from over 20 million people, so this is historic.”
But the bill’s future is far from certain in the Senate, where more moderate Republicans have already voiced skepticism or outright opposition to the legislation. That has vulnerable House Republicans worried that their party leaders and President Donald Trump may have forced them to walk the plank without a life preserver.
"There are a lot of doomsday scenarios that one can imagine or create in the wake of a bill like this. It was a tough vote for many," Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) told Countable. “We’ll see what the Senate does. The idea of the Senate coming up with something completely different or not taking it up at all would be, obviously, problematic for a lot of members.”
Other Republicans – like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his leadership team – are cheering the first major legislative victory for the first term president whose knowledge of the legislative process has been questioned. For Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill just getting over the hurdle of the U.S. House is cause for celebration.
"This isn’t a tough vote. This is a vote we promised America – this is living up to our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare," Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told reporters at the Capitol. “We absolutely think this is going to get through the Senate because they made and campaigned on the same promise, just like the president who was involved yesterday.”
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— Matt Laslo
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I expect my Senators to think deeply about their decisions and consider the pain they will inevitably inflict upon their constituents if they allow this travesty of a bill to become law. Leaving millions without access to healthcare is a move so wretched that the only option I could personally entertain if they allow that is to see that they never, ever spend a single moment as a public employee for the rest of their lives. You work for US, remember that.
If you vote to pass "Trumpcare" I will work very hard to see that you will never be elected to any political position again. And if that seems rude, you should know how strongly I am filtering my words.
We got the message loud and clear. Trumpcare is not good enough for congress but it's enough for everyone else. Senate should act as if they represent the people and vote NO on this disgrace of a bill. Last poll I read was 71% of the people want to keep the ACA. How often do that many of us agree on anything?
I have young onset Parkinson's disease. Nothing I did caused this disease. It was just luck of the genetic draw. My medications and treatments cost me over $1500 Per month. My insurance premiums cost me about $700 a month for both my husband and I. My SSDI is $2300 a month. I will have to live with this disease for a very long time, and that's if I'm lucky. But at what cost? Do I leave my husband destitute and bankrupt when I die? Do I deserve to pay $3000 a month for my insurance because I have a disease I didn't ask for? Do I deserve to pay three times the amount for my prescriptions because I have a disease there is no cure for? I worked for 40 years. I paid my taxes, I paid my Social Security, I paid my Medicare… Do I not deserve any of it back? Do I not deserve good health care simply because I have a disease science can't yet cure? I am begging you to VOTE NO to this healthcare bill that only benefits the insurance companies and a very healthy. My grandchildren are begging you, my son and my husband are begging you. This is not a good Bill, regardless of what political bent you take. Please.
Senators - please oppose the passage of this replacement of the ACA. I know you to be committed to your party, but the mantra of "repeal and replace" for (what seems to be) the primary purpose of tearing down something with Obama's name attached is partisan, and not productive in terms of service to your less privileged constituents and neighbors. Millions are currently guaranteed insurance under the law. Why would we consider something that removes this guarantee? Why would we allow citizens' financial means to determine whether or not life-saving treatment is an option? Whom are you protecting? This bill allows health discrimination and the defining of people as "pre-existing conditions," rather than as citizens to be protected to freely pursue life, liberty, et al. Please oppose this.
Your constituents do not support this. Let's see how much you care. We're watching.
The silent elephant in the room, insurance company lobbyists, are the ones running this show. They know that the more affordable coverage is for us the less profit there is for the insurance companies. The insurance industry is very lucrative. If profit were to be taken out of the the equation everyone would have affordable health care. No one would be left out. This would only be the beginning. We as a country could tackle issues that seemed impossible before. You see, we don't work for congress, congress works for us. It's time to quit being ok with a dysfunctional government. Time to wake up.
Old white Republican men taking health care away from millions of Americans!!!!! Not seeing anything to celebrate!!!! Sick! Bad!!!!!
The repeal of Obamacare that you have so completely embraced is a deplorable, immoral, despicable, shameful thing. I hope the people hurt by this should it become law remember how you voted today and use their vote in the next election to express their disgust and pain.
Please vote against Trumpcare. Millions of Americans depend on you to help them keep their current coverage.
I am DEEPLY disappointed by the action of the House today. I am left only with the hope that the Senate does not pass it. It seems once again that republicans are reversing their campaign goal to equalize premiums across state lines. This bill goes so far in opposition, allowing each state to determine the definition of basic health coverage. Additionally, millions of Americans will lose this coverage due to in-affordability. We will all lose as the uninsured seek expensive emergency care (as opposed to maintaining wellness under basic health coverage), and medical providers pass those costs on to the rest of us. Republicans are crowing at their "great win", and fail to see that the majority of Americans are against the ACHA. Senators, PLEASE listen to the people you represent, and work toward FIXING the ACA, not dismantling it. I have never been more politically active than this administration, and I will work hard to remove my representatives in congress in upcoming elections, if this bill comes to pass.
Sarah Palin said that Obamacare would result in death panels, which she described as Washington big-wigs deciding who lives and who dies because of a lack of resources. The Upton Amendment in the AHCA underfunds high risk pools to a point where congress has appointed themselves a de facto death panel. A lot of people could die as a result of this legislation passing.
Quite simply put, the repeal and decimation of Obamacare is nothing short of genocide.
I am your constituent and I oppose repealing ACA!
This is disgusting. All you repubs will be voted out of your offices and then celebrate your doomed health care. It's a shame that a world leading country treats it's citizens like this and we have to fight for fair health care!
My Representative, Elise Stefanik, voted to take health care away from over 20 million. I was hoping she'd press back and insist on better than this but she now must go in 2018. I kept telling my family that I had faith that she could see past partisan politics. I was wrong and I'm now committed to seeing a change in my representative. I trust my senators will stand strong against the AHCA.
We need to repeal and replace this Congress if Senate republicans follow the House over this health care cliff. Don't exempt yourselves while hurting thousands of Americans who struggle to meet their health care needs, all for political purposes. Shame on the House republicans who put politics before Americans in need.
Now it is time for the Senate to put on their big boy and girl pants and do what is right and best for our country. Our government should be working to improve the ACA. This bill is strife with problems. The first of which is allowing the states to take us back to the Pre-Obamacare era when people could be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. The bill has not been properly vetted, nor has it been brought before the Congressional Budget Office to examine what the Bill would truly cost Americans. I am begging my Senators to do the right thing and stop this effort to repeal the ACA in its tracks.
Disgusting, deplorable, despicable action. People will die while billionaires get richer. We are watching and we will remember come 2018!
Do not vote to repeal the ACA. This is so very wrong to remove health insurance from over 20 million people, our family of 4 some of them.