Somewhere, down in the deep basements and cellars of the US’ Republican party, someone had a great idea. What if, as a PR stunt, we open up debate around Trump’s healthcare plan? And instead of doing it, you know, in Congress, what if we do it online?
Never mind that the bill itself has a 17 per cent approval rating, noted as the least popular piece of legislation in decades.
Right on cue, the internet responded – telling the Republicans just how horrible it was to have health insurance.
— Polly Woke (@PollyWokeUp) July 3, 2017
ACA worked well for me. Great service/support. Great docs/hospitals. Please appropriate more $$ to improve online experience-that would help
— Ron Mead (@RonMead79) July 3, 2017
Side note: cancer at 25 on parents insurance thanks aca. Can still get insurance. Not dead or bankrupt: the horror
— Rachael (@gnrhippie) July 4, 2017
Obamacare enabled me to get insurance despite a preexisting condition. The exchange allows my daughter to afford the cost of insurance.
— K Saxon (@KateSharpUSA) July 4, 2017
Within a day of the original post, more than 1,500 comments had been left on the site – with the vast majority in favour of keeping Obamacare. Although representatives said they were swamped with private horror stories, they’ve yet to provide any supporting evidence.
It reflects another previously failed poll, where respondents voted overwhelmingly in favour of the law.
Do you support the repeal of Obamacare? RT if you do, and share what you want to see as the replacement.
— Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 3, 2017
As it currently stands, Trump and his buddies are a couple of Senate votes short of passing the law, and have suggested that they will then simply repeal Obamacare – and wait until later for the replacement part. Whether that will fly with voters – i.e. the people that can go and see doctors now, remains to be seen.