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Republican lawmaker’s Twitter poll on repealing Obamacare just backfired completely

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) just conducted a Twitter poll about Obamacare repeal, and it definitely didn’t go as planned.

Rep. Blackburn decided to ask her roughly 26,500 Twitter followers if they supported repealing the Affordable Care Act, and to respond “yes” by retweeting, and commenting on the tweet as to what they’d like to see as its replacement. But Rep. Blackburn and her Republican ilk appear to be vastly in the minority, according to her Twitter poll.

Roughly 8,000 people have voted on her poll as of this writing, with a whopping 84 percent of participants saying they didn’t support the repeal of Obamacare. When taking the 1,017 retweets out of 7,968 total votes on Rep. Blackburn’s (unscientific) poll, that means only 12.7 percent of participants actively supported repealing President Obama’s signature healthcare reform initiative.

Rep. Blackburn’s poll also attracted angry responses from her followers, who were quick to point out that as a member of Congress, Blackburn has access to a far better, publicly funded, healthcare plan. Another follower challenged her to drop her Congressional healthcare plan for a conventional plan. Yet another loudly embraced the Affordable Care Act, saying his plan under the ACA was deeply discounted.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence previously announced that Obamacare repeal would be at the top of the new administration’s priorities list, though he didn’t immediately disclose a plan for replacing the healthcare law.


Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], and friend him on Facebook.

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