Senate Republicans voted last night to begin taking apart Obamacare, despite still having no idea on how to replace it. Donald Trump is promising that a replacement law will come “very quickly,” which is impossible. Let’s be extremely clear: the end result of this is that people will die.
The final Senate vote was 51-48 along party lines, and happened just before 1:30 a.m., an hour at which all the best decisions are made. The vote allows Republicans to vote to repeal the law through a budget package, without the Democrats being able to filibuster to stop it. Democrats tried to protest and were told that they were out of order.
So what does Donald Trump do?
Congrats to the Senate for taking the first step to #RepealObamacare– now it's onto the House!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
And as expected, people are pissed:
@realDonaldTrump Congratulating the Senate for doing something that will result in tens of thousands of additional deaths each year…
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 12, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Millions of people are going to lose their insurance because of you. You're human garbage, Donnie.
— Ben Berkon (@BenBerkon) January 12, 2017
— HarleyPeyton (@HarleyPeyton) January 12, 2017
. @realDonaldTrump By removing an exemption for pre-existing conditions you basically kill people. How is THAT making America great?
— MeredithGould (@MeredithGould) January 12, 2017
— Litsa Dremousis (@LitsaDremousis) January 12, 2017
@realDonaldTrump congratulations, now vets & Americans who voted for you will be without insurance once again.
— 🐇 (@VeeVee) January 12, 2017
— Blair Brown (@TheFiddzz) January 12, 2017
@realDonaldTrump The billionaire in the gold tower felt so proud for taking away free healthcare from the poor who voted for him.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) January 12, 2017