“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”—Shakespeare, the Tempest
House Republicans showed a stunning disregard for human dignity and human life yesterday when they passed their “repeal” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If it ever becomes law, it will lead to thousands of deaths annually and incalculable suffering. It appears the GOP House Caucus has a “pre-existing condition”: It lacks a soul.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), or Trumpcare, passed by the House yesterday, could hurt Americans in many ways. But the biggest victims of this recklessness are the people who can least afford it: those who are sick and those who are poor. The hastily passed law, which wasn’t scored by the Congressional Budget Office and was barely read by members of Congress, calls for $880 billion in cuts to Medicaid, allows for discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and is projected to result in 24 million Americans losing their insurance.
After the House passed the bill, they threw a party to celebrate. President Trump canceled a trip to New York City to host. Americans were at home worrying about the future. Many took to Twitter with heart-breaking stories about various illnesses using the trending hashtag #IAmaPreExistingCondition. Meanwhile, the people who created this sense of dread were bused to the Rose Garden to exchange hugs and high-fives, pose for selfies and drink beer. The appalling display will not soon be forgotten by the public, which militantly opposes the AHCA. The bill may or may not become law, but this vote will have lasting…