As House GOP Passes The AHCA, Both Parties Rejoice In The Results
April 4th (Thursday), the House of Representatives held a vote to pass the AHCA, the GOP's "repeal and replacement" for the ACA. In a passing vote of 217 to 213, the Bill will now move on to be approved by a Senate which has thusfar been skeptical.
Tensions rose, to say the least, on the floor of the House, as an almost party-line vote was cast to repeal the affordable care act, replacing it with a revised version of the AHCA, or as it has been called "Trumpcare 2.0", after the rough draft was rejected by both parties. The revised bill attempted to appeal to the far-right "Freedom Caucus" for approval by allowing individual states to reject the bill, and attempted to appeal to "Tuesday Group" Republicans by injecting $8bn into a "high-risk pool" for those with preexisting conditions, a situation covered indiscriminately by the ACA (a point of debate which wouldn't even require discussion in a conversation about single-payer). As the vote drew to a close, Democrats in the House cheered, literally breaking into song with the lyrics to "Na Na Hey Hey", expressing to the GOP that they had just committed political suicide. Meanwhile, undeterred, the GOP likewise in a celebratory mood, held a conference in the White House Rose Garden, thanking each other, and hailing the "benefits" this would bring to the millions of families that "suffered under the ravages of Obamacare", as Trump put it.
In a maneuver that Slate magazine referred to as "tone-deaf", house democrats praised the decision, erupting in chorus, singing "goodbye" to a GOP they felt had just committed suicide. While I concur to a small extent with Slate's analysis, I primarily disagree. The American public can now associate the GOP with this action, and they will, both for the next several weeks, and the reason for celebration itself that Slate seems to be ignorant to, in 2018, when the American people are told to vote in the midterm elections, choosing between the two parties they just witnessed in action. The expression was a pre-eulogy to this party of healthcare subjugation, People tend to vote for the party that appears to be working for them, which is why the GOP will be no more in 2020, and maybe, just maybe, if the democratic party continues being the party of corporations and neoliberalism, will also, hopefully, be "repealed and replaced".