A total of 217 Republicans voted in favor of the heinous GOP health care bill. But, shamefully, not a single one of them had the guts to explain their vote to MSNBC.
According to Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s AM JOY, the producers of the show invited every one of these 217 Republicans to come on the show to explain to Americans just why it was that they voted for the American Health Care Act.
“My tireless producers reached out to each and every one of them to ask them to join us today,” Reid said as their names flashed across the screen.
“I offered each of them the lead spot on this show this morning, to the one-on-one with me, to explain why they voted for the bill. And not a single one agreed … all those names,” she continued.
“217 people, no takers. Not a one,” she added. “Such bravery.”
The CBO estimated that a prior version of the bill would result in 24 million people losing their insurance coverage. However, the bill that House Republicans pushed through last week did away with protections for pre-existing conditions. And, since the CBO didn’t get the chance to investigate the ramifications of that bill before it was rushed to a vote, we really don’t know how many people stand to lose their access to medical care under Trumpcare. With states able to allow insurance companies to charge sick people as much as they please and price those who need health care the most out of coverage altogether, many more people could lose their coverage than previously estimated.
Republicans were willing to vote in favor of this bill no matter how cruel and heartless it is, without even reading it, just so they could claim a win. But not one of them has the balls to stand up in front of the American people and explain that vote. Not one. What a bunch of cowards.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.