How We Can Make House Republicans Pay for Their Health Care Vote

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) walks to the House floor for a vote at the Capitol in Washington, May 4, 2017. The House will vote on legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) walks to the House floor for a vote at the Capitol in Washington, May 4, 2017. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times)

Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday voted to repeal the health care of 24 million people. The only people celebrating are the politicians who have put party above constituents, and advanced a giant tax giveaway for corporations and the super-rich.

These politicians voted to kill the people they are supposed to represent. We must never let them forget that vote. We must make them regret it every day of their lives.

There’s no overstating the cruelty they’ve perpetrated or damage they will cause.

Trumpcare doesn’t just roll back the Affordable Care Act by cutting support for coverage, in ways that hit those who are older, poorer, and live in rural areas the hardest. It doesn’t just end the nationwide protections that bar insurance companies from jacking up premiums based on health status or denying coverage of essential care.

It also dismantles Medicaid, which now covers about 74 million people across the country. It strips more than $800 billion from the program and ends the guarantee that it will be funded according to need.

This is Trumpcare’s most radical component, and the one that will do the most to make our health care system even more unequal in terms of both money and race.

The Affordable Care Act extended Medicaid to an additional 11 million people. Trumpcare will end that and take the entire program apart, piece by piece. Millions of people who finally started getting health care will see that all taken away.

But they’re not the only ones affected. We all count on Medicaid. We count on it for long-term care for our parents. We count on it for asthma treatment for children, for diabetes care and cancer screenings, and for support that helps people with disabilities live independently. Medicaid also keeps rural hospitals afloat and is a mainstay in small communities that insurance…

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