The House voted on Thursday to pass the latest version of the Republicans’ Obamacare repeal legislation.
Republicans passed the bill 217-213, with 20 Republicans voting “no” and not a single Democrat voting in support.
via Huffington Post:
Democrats were of two minds about Republicans advancing the bill, which would gut some of Obamacare’s most popular provisions (including protections for people with pre-existing conditions as well as the Medicaid expansion).
On one hand, Democrats desperately wanted to protect President Barack Obama’s signature law. On the other hand, Democrats believe ? perhaps correctly ? that this extremely conservative bill can’t pass the Senate, and that House Republicans may have just hung a profoundly unpopular legislation around the necks of some of their most vulnerable members.
As Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Republicans during her floor speech before the vote, Democrats plan to tattoo every provision of this bill to the foreheads of Republicans. “You will glow in the dark,” Pelosi said.
While Republicans were cheering as they passed the voting threshold requirements, Democrats began singing to their counterparts the popular anthem of “Na-na-na-NA, na-na-NA, hey, hey, hey! Goodbye!”
A number of vulnerable Republicans also held off on voting for the bill until it was clear leadership needed their vote. Of particular note, Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) all waited to see if their votes would be needed before they supported the bill. Ultimately, leadership needed all of them.
When Democrats passed the health care law in 2010, many members knew it was coming at the expense of their seats. They did it, however, because it was policy they deeply believed in, protecting millions of sick and poor Americans while growing the number of insured in the country to record highs. Republicans marched off this potential political cliff knowing their bill would uninsure millions, undermine protections for the sick and poor, and probably face little chance of becoming law ? and they did it without a revised score from the Congressional Budget Office.
We’re sure we don’t need to stress how awful stripping away healthcare for millions and millions of people is. Please make sure you’re involved and registered to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
Repealing the ACA would allow insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for coverage. pic.twitter.com/siQMips0XM
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 4, 2017
The GOP health bill is a betrayal of all their promises. And if it becomes law, they won't be able to hide that: https://t.co/1KCUAr5gUm
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) May 4, 2017