On Thursday morning, House Republicans voted to pass an amended version of the American Health Care Act.
Following the passing of the bill — which still must make its way through the Senate before it can become law — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressed her disgust for her Republican colleagues when she said:
‘They have this vote tattooed on them. This is a scar that they’ll carry. Whatever happens in the vote, the members of the House Republican caucus will be forever identified with the worst aspects of the bill they passed.’
‘Most people don’t even know who their congressperson is in many places. Now they’ll find out. They’ll find out that their congressperson voted to take away their healthcare.’
In addition to forever being associated with a bill that has the potential to render millions of Americans without health insurance, House Republicans are also surely going to be remembered for the way in which they celebrated the first step in passing the AHCA: with what Vice News’s Alexandra Jaffe described as “cases upon cases of beer.”
Following the passing of the bill, Jaffe witnessed these cases — covered in a sheet — being rolled into the Capitol. She immediately tweeted about what she saw:
‘Cases upon cases of beer just rolled into the Capitol on a cart covered in a sheet. Spotted Bud Light peeking out from the sheet.’
Cases upon cases of beer just rolled into the Capitol on a cart covered in a sheet. Spotted Bud Light peeking out from the sheet
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) May 4, 2017
Plenty of Jaffe’s followers have commented on her tweet and made it clear that they are less-than impressed with the way Republicans are celebrating.
@ajjaffe Alcoholism is a pre-existing condition but luckily for members of Congress, they excluded themselves from being discriminated against
— Andrew Bucko (@trekologer) May 4, 2017
— Tom Bonier (@tbonier) May 4, 2017
@ajjaffe Let's PARTY after making rape and domestic violence a pre-existing condition.
— Surprise_Island (@Surprise_Island) May 4, 2017
@ajjaffe THIS….is appalling! I'm losing my healthcare coverage sitting here crying, and these monsters are celebrating. OMG..THIS IS NOT MY COUNTRY
— Mittens (@mushroomfeet) May 4, 2017
Others commented on the fact that this isn’t the first time beer has been associated with the American Health Care Act.
@ajjaffe Paul Ryan's getting so amped to relive the glorious college days when he could only dream of taking healthcare from millions!
— Andi Zeisler (@andizeisler) May 4, 2017
In early March, while he was speaking at the National Review Institute Ideas Summit, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that he had been dreaming of passing a health care bill like the AHCA since he had been “drinking out of a keg.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan to Rich Lowry on capping Medicaid funding: "We’ve been dreaming of this since you and I were drinking out of a keg"
— Adam Cancryn (@adamcancryn) March 17, 2017
Speaker Ryan is close to getting the thing he’s apparently been wanting since his college days. However, the American people — justifiably — are not impressed with his and his colleagues’ method of celebration.
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