For six years Republicans in Congress have been champing at the bit to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no luck. Now that they have secured the executive branch, control Congress and will be able to nominate a Justice to the Supreme Court they’re finally in a position to overturn the law that gave millions of uninsured Americans access to affordable health care.
Just one problem: Voters don’t seem too jazzed to see the ACA go.
Tuesday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) polled her 26,000 Twitter followers asking if Congress should repeal Obamacare.
Here’s the result:
Now, this is not a scientific poll and there’s no reason to believe 84 percent of Blackburn’s 26,000 brainwashed followers don’t want to see the ACA go, but I’m guessing she didn’t expect these results. The GOP congresswoman even had those who were in favor of repealing retweet her poll so their Republican Twitter followers could also vote and she still couldn’t drive up the poll!
The responses to keep the ACA were overwhelming and personal. People tweeted their health stories and explained their circumstances and how the ACA had helped them personally. Others begged for single payer. Many noticed the GOP was so desperate for a plan they were resorting to asking Twitter what they should do.
@MarshaBlackburn 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Just as suspected.. You guys don’t have shit. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— NurseMom (@RiseUpAbove) January 3, 2017
@MarshaBlackburn Repealing without a simultaneous replacement is deeply irresponsible. GOP has had six years to come up with a plan.
— Christopher Coleman (@ccineastnash) January 3, 2017
@MarshaBlackburn obviously you and your GOP nitwits are clueless. If you wanted to replace ACA, you had SEVEN YEARS to come up w a plan.
— Grace *Resist* 🗽 (@TAW3343) January 3, 2017
— DanielleinDC (@VeggieTart) January 3, 2017
For many people, repealing the ACA is the difference between life or death:
@MarshaBlackburn if you get rid of my healthcare I will die. Stop messing with our lives, make them better, don’t kill us due to your greed!
— kim oconnor (@kimoco) January 3, 2017
@MarshaBlackburn You are supposed to tell us what you are replacing it with. Are you admitting you have nothing in its stead??
— montag (@buffaloon) January 3, 2017
@peppersandeggs yep, lost job in 08, no health ins.(before ACA) My own Dr. refused me for routine gyno.
Now, if lose Medicare, screwed. 😡
— 🌸lovely🐶lilymoon🌙 (@lovelylilymoon) January 4, 2017
@MarshaBlackburn My adult son has juvenile diabetes since age 3.ACA made possible 4him to buy health insurance 4first time in his life.
— Melinda🖇 (@melindafla) January 4, 2017
@MarshaBlackburn Pre ACA, my hardworking friend put off stomach pain visit due to lack of $. Diagnosed in ER w end-stage cancer. STOP TRYING TO KILL PEOPLE!
— RRR (@hyphenrr) January 3, 2017
Many others did not think health care should be for profit and should instead be socialized:
@MarshaBlackburn SINGLE PAYER you evil cold hearted creature
— Vicious Babushka (@viciousbabushka) January 3, 2017
@MarshaBlackburn Medicare for all
— Sarah Rose (@thesarahrose) January 3, 2017
— Ann T Bush (@AnnTBush) January 4, 2017
But my fellow cynics know that the GOP will do whatever they want rather than listen to the majority:
Overwhelmingly, ppl in red states use Ocare. Your constituents are too stupid to know they’re the beneficiaries of it.@MarshaBlackburn
— #GOPDummies (@FNTHEHALLS) January 3, 2017
— Nancy Krempa (@WiccanMethusela) January 4, 2017
.@MarshaBlackburn I’m assuming the popular vote will be ignored and y’all will just do what you want. That’s how things work these days.
— Paul Nicholsen (@thumbtackthief) January 4, 2017
Of course, while these anti-repeal types of responses were in the clear majority there was one Republican who wanted to see the ACA go…because she couldn’t be a part of it.
@MarshaBlackburn YES I’m in the coverage gap. ACA also penalizes Srs 55 & over via Estate Recovery Act; Gov conviscation of private-property
— Susan Reaney (@SSReaney) January 3, 2017
So there you have it. The majority of Americans see the need for affordable health care and do not want to go back to the old system unless the GOP has a more viable plan to replace the ACA with. The greatest trick President Obama pulled on the GOP was making his plan likable enough so the right wing would look like monsters if they tried to take Americans’ affordable health care access away. Now, that’s not to say the ACA doesn’t need improvement — it’s a work in progress — but Republicans do not have anything better. They clearly don’t if they’re asking the Twitterverse for ideas.
Come 2018, the Republican body of Congress needs to be repealed and replaced and luckily we have just the plan to make that happen — vote in the midterms!
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