The House of Representatives voted to “repeal and replace” the American Health Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, by 217 votes to 213 on Thursday.
“They’re not even doing it for the party,” President Donald Trump said as he celebrated with Republican House leaders and rank-and-file members in the Rose Garden at the White House, according to NBC News. “They’re doing it for this country because we suffered with Obamacare.”
The legislative victory comes just a few days after Trump’s 100th day in office.
“[I’ve] only been a politician for a short period of time. How am I doing? Am I doing okay? I’m president. Heh! Hey, I’m president!” Trump asked the people in the garden.
“Welcome to the beginning of the end of Obamacare,” Vice President Mike Pence told Republicans.
The new American Health Care Act — which guts key points of Obamacare including coverage subsidies, Medicaid expansion and the mandate that Americans buy insurance or receive a fine — is now being passed on to the Senate where the plan is expected to go through some changes.
The House chamber erupted in applause after voting hit the 216 mark, with protests from Democrats chanting “shame” and singing “Na na na na, Na na na na, Hey hey, goodbye”.
The Asian American community on Twitter chimed in and echoed the same sentiments — even conservative commentator and blogger Michelle Malkin doesn’t support the bill, so you know it’s bad.
Finally, Americans of all political affiliations are united…in contempt for Beltway crapweasel Paul Ryan.#VoteNoAHCA
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 4, 2017
Hit them where it hurts, friends. https://t.co/3TjCtWIeOs
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 4, 2017
Disgraceful: Republicans in the House just voted to strip 24M Americans of their health care. I will do everything in my power to fight it. https://t.co/nEA10fBlEz
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 4, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 4, 2017
Rape, postpartum depression, c-sections, surviving domestic violence are pre-existing conditions. Being a woman is a pre-existing condition.
— jennwong (@jennwong) May 4, 2017
It sucks. It truly does. But they’ll be out next year. There’s that.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 4, 2017
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) May 4, 2017
217 Republicans just voted for a bill they know will force millions of sick Americans into bankruptcy, or worse. We will remember. Shame! pic.twitter.com/W78LBhtvhg
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) May 4, 2017
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) May 4, 2017
I wonder how many Republican reps are crossing their fingers that the Senate acts like big boys & kills the bill they just passed?
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) May 4, 2017
I first laughed at this absurdity but now am pretty much crying https://t.co/OtrzR3u3Cm
— aj rafael (@ajRAFAEL) May 4, 2017
Deciding if I should rage eat or rage sleep rn.
— Jenny Yang 👲👲👲 (@jennyyangtv) May 4, 2017
Insane what the super wealthy will do to get super wealthier.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) May 4, 2017
Called my senators to ask them to keep fighting this awful health care destruction bill. 202 lines were busy; had to call district offices.
— Call Your Reps (@gregpak) May 4, 2017
— Karen Tongson (@inlandemperor) May 4, 2017