While Republicans are cracking open beers and celebrating in Washington D.C., celebrities in Hollywood are seething - and rallying their fans to fight back.
The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve a measure to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, with a final count of 217-213.
Taking down President Obama's healthcare plan has been a top priority for Republicans for the past seven years, so this vote is being hailed as the first big victory for President Trump and his supporters. Republicans were bused to the White House for a victory lap and a jubilant speech from the President, while staffers were seen wheeling cases of beer into Congress.
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
The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, would allow states to opt out of many key provisions of Obamacare, including those intended to protect people with pre-existing conditions. Critics - including the American Medical Association and the AARP - say the bill could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance and is essentially an excuse to slash Medicaid and give a massive tax cut to the wealthy.
Trump has promised that premiums and deductibles will come down under the plan, but the House rushed the vote through before the Congressional Budget Office could estimate how many Americans will be affected or how much it will cost. Despite Republicans' celebrations, it remains very uncertain whether the bill can make it through the Senate and to the President's desk, at least in its current form.
In the meantime, left-leaning activists in the entertainment industry are venting their frustration and doing their best to make supporters of the bill pay a heavy price for their vote.
Has someone put together a list of dem challengers I can donate to to oust republicans in swing districts?— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 4, 2017
Focus that rage where it can be most productive. Make these motherfuckers pay for what they just did. https://t.co/dD1OQpGiHS— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) May 4, 2017
I'll do what I can to make November 6, 2018 a dawn-to-dusk nightmare for the GOP. Fuck these smirking, entitled frauds. Tick tick tick.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 4, 2017
SAD DAY 💔TRUMPCARE’S LIE‼️HUGE PENALTIES 4SENIORS, “NO💰”4PREEXISTING CONDTS. NO MENTAL HEALTHCARE,PPL WILL SUFFER& DIE BECAUSE OF TRUMPCARE— Cher (@cher) May 4, 2017
Please all parties watch this. Don't hate Obamacare bc Obama is in the name. It's the ACA! And it helps people stay alive y'all https://t.co/A5BbJmzrfb— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 4, 2017
PLEASE take note of every rep who voted 4 this act of UNAMERICAN cruelty.I know my BIG MOUTH'll b callin em out by name in every city I go2!— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 4, 2017
Jason Chaffetz, fresh from surgery FOR A PREEXISTING CONDITION, en route to sign death warrant for disabled children. pic.twitter.com/kHtrZc3YY7— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 4, 2017
May the Fourth be with you, young Jedi. The Empire is striking back 😡— Charlie Carver (@Charlie_Carver) May 4, 2017
Congress, save those sheets for the sick people you are leaving without coverage. https://t.co/KNTrY8oc8Z— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) May 4, 2017
I guess the House Republicans are working towards smaller government by trying to reduce the total number of living constituents.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) May 4, 2017
Hit them where it hurts, friends. https://t.co/3TjCtWIeOs— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 4, 2017
I don't know about y'all, but I just called my doctor to make an appointment. Y'all should do the same while you still have coverage.— Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) May 4, 2017
This. This is exactly what we talked about today on our groupchat... getting physicals with full blood workups https://t.co/F9CaRSHs7C— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) May 4, 2017