The second iteration of the Republican “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare passed the House. You know, the one that lets states opt-out of essential benefits, cuts Medicare, and would make things like having had a C-section or being sexually assaulted “pre-existing conditions” that would make care completely unaffordable.
According to initial tallies, the bill passed 217-213 in favor, with 20 Republicans voting against it, and one abstaining from voting. As the voting clock wound down, voices singing “Na Na Na Na, Hey-ey, Goodbye” were audible in the House, though it’s unclear if they came from Republicans celebrating or Democrats singing about Republicans who could possibly lose their seats for passing the wildly unpopular bill.
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Donald Trump tweeted that if the bill passed, there would be a party for Republicans at the White House. Those on the scene tweeted that cases of beer have been rolled into the White House, and Donald Trump’s flight to New York this evening was delayed.
Democrats have vowed to defeat the bill in the Senate. The bill, as a reminder, has been denounced by just about every major health group. Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an Advocacy Fellow at Physicians for Reproductive Health, said in a statement, “I am terrified for my patients and for the health of this country. As a physician, I know that patients and families suffer when they are unable to obtain comprehensive, compassionate health care. Congress should be ashamed to pass legislation that puts health care out of reach for millions of Americans.”
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement, “This is the worst bill for women’s health in a generation. This disastrous legislation once again makes being a woman a pre-existing condition; ‘defunds’ Planned Parenthood; guts maternity coverage; strips 24 million of their health insurance; lets insurance companies charge people with pre-existing conditions exorbitant rates; forces new moms back to work shortly after giving birth; and reduces access to contraception.”
In 2014, Donald Trump posed this question:
Republicans didn’t let the CBO come up with a score, but going off previous calculations, about 24 million this time, Donald.