ĖObamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, is undoubtedly one of President Barack Obama’s greatest achievements during his two-term presidency. Despite room for improvement, such as in regards to the issue of rising costs, Obamacare has managed to vastly improve the lives of approximately 20 million Americans who were previously unable to access affordable healthcare.
Repealing Obamacare was a key talking point Republicans used during this past election season to garner voter support. But now that the GOP controls the House and the Senate, however, they have the power to turn their words into actions.
On Wednesday evening/early Thursday, Senate Republicans took their first step toward repealing the ACA. In a 51 to 48 vote, Senate Republicans voted against amendments that would protect Americans with preexisting medical conditions from losing the coverage they currently receive under Obamacare.
Several hours later, President-elect Trump took to Twitter to congratulate the Senate “for taking the first step to #RepealObamacare.”
Congrats to the Senate for taking the first step to #RepealObamacare– now it's onto the House!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
The major problem with this first step, though?
Well, Republicans have thus far failed to come up with a replacement for the ACA. Essentially, if the rest of their plan follows suit and the ACA is taken away, millions of Americans will literally die at the hands of the GOP.
But Americans are doing anything but sitting by and taking this lightly, and rightfully so. After all, this is a matter of life or death for millions of people.
In response to the GOP’s step to repeal Obamacare, many Americans have chosen to speak out via Twitter to express just what the repeal means for them. Both #SaveACA and #SaveTheACA have been trending on Twitter since the news of the latest Republican catastrophe broke.
Here’s a taste of how many Americans feel after hearing that they may never be able to afford their medical expenses:
— Joe Portnoy (@joe_portnoy) January 12, 2017
By repealing ACA Trump & Republicans will create a lot of jobs! Mostly in Funeral Industry & Bankruptcy Law, but that's irrelevant. #SaveACA
— imfabulous (@imfabulous13) January 12, 2017
To stay alive with my pre-existing condition, I need $900 for insulin/mo before test supplies, pills, doc visits IF no emergencies. #SaveACA
— Vive la Résistance ? (@thepoliticview) January 12, 2017
Crowdfunding site GoFundMe has seen a surge in individuals looking for help with their medical bills:
— Splinter (@splinter_news) January 12, 2017
— caitiecait21 (@caitiecait21) January 13, 2017
The ACA was closing the medicare prescription gap. Without it seniors are going to have to pay another $2400 a year out of pocket. #SaveACA
— Lesley Handel (@LesleyHandel) January 12, 2017
No one is talking about how Senators & Congressman enjoy full health coverage on taxpayers expense. WE ALL SHOULD BE COVERED! #SaveACA
— HowlAtMe (@verroa84) January 12, 2017
— Ashley B. (@_iamashleyb) January 12, 2017
— rhea butcher (@RheaButcher) January 12, 2017
20 million people could lose healthcare. Meanwhile, your President-elect is tweeting advertisements for LL Bean. #saveACA
— Sowmya Krishnamurthy (@SowmyaK) January 12, 2017
Never before have our elected representatives acted so ruthlessly to deny medical care to so many—and to women in particular. #SaveACA
— NARAL (@NARAL) January 12, 2017
If what the GOP is doing was good for people, they wouldn't have done it in the middle of the night.
But we are vigilant. ✊? #SaveACA
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) January 12, 2017
Are we honestly at a point in time where politicians have such low regard for human life that they’ll choose money before life?
Maybe the GOP should listen to Sen. Cory Booker:
In the cause of justice: never stay silent just so that others can remain comfortable.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 10, 2017
Feature Image via Mark Wilson/Getty Images.