Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will affect millions of Trump supporters, some of whom have no idea it means they’ll lose their coverage.
President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have both promised repeal of President Obama’s signature healthcare reform legislation as a top priority. Last week, GOP members of the Senate passed a resolution that officially began the process of repealing Obamacare, instructing members of the U.S. House of Representatives to come up with a repeal bill by January 27. The move was simultaneously celebrated by Republicans and condemned by Democrats, and led to countless social media debates about the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act
Kansas Democratic Party official Chris Reeves posted a screenshot of one of those debates on Facebook to the liberal blogging site Daily Kos, in which a Trump supporter posted a link to the Senate’s Obamacare repeal vote with a celebratory declaration that the healthcare law would soon be no more. However, the Trump supporter fell silent after disclosing he was unaware the Affordable Care Act — which he apparently depended on for his health insurance — was the same thing as Obamacare.
In response to the original post, which called the Senate’s Obamacare repeal resolution “One step closer to fixing this mistake,” one commenter wrote,
“Really cool to treat those of us who need the assistance provided by the ACA with such disregard.”
The original poster replied,
“First, we’re talking about Obamacare, not the ACA… my health insurance is through the ACA, so I’m definitely not the kind of person to look down on others for needing help.”
After that comment, another person pointed out that Obamacare and the ACA were the same thing.
“Wait, [name redacted], if you’re on Obamacare why the fuck are you celebrating the outcome of this vote? If the Republicans get what they want, you’ll lose your insurance.”
The original post’s author then oddly defended the Affordable Care Act while disparaging Obamacare.
“I’m not on Obamacare. My health insurance is through the ACA (the Affordable Care Act), which is what they had to come up with after Obamacare crashed and burned as bad as it did. So I’m gonna be fine.”
Comments then flooded in to the conversation, mercilessly mocking the author of the original post for being a “dense motherfucker” who relied “solely on Glenn fucking Beck for your political commentary.” The original post’s author’s lack of responses after that point was also mocked.
See the entire thread below:
Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Follow his work on the Public Banking Institute blog.