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Memes Spawn Instantly out of GOP’s Terrible Plan to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act



Republicans finally have their long-awaited chance to tear down the Affordable Care Act championed by President Obama, and despite Donald Trump’s insistence that it would be a great plan that covers everyone, it is … not that. In fact, those who experience a lapse in coverage under the new law will find it 30% more expensive to regain healthcare coverage. Freedom!

Of course, none of us are that surprised, considering the GOP has gone to (what would be, if this weren’t so awful) comical lengths to keep this bill a secret in order to contain the obvious backlash from decisions like stripping the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. So, everyone came ready with the memes:

There’s also #GOPHealthPlanin10Words, which people are using to more seriously highlight some of the plan’s reprehensible shortcomings:

The new plan cuts funding to Planned Parenthood over funding of abortion (which already doesn’t happen under law); removes rules about minimum services that healthcare plans must provide, including maternity care; changes subsidies to assist in buying health insurance from income-based to age-based; repeals taxes to benefit the wealthy; and more.

The GOP, on the other hand, came ready with their regularly scheduled financial shaming, with ACA-hating-“Tea Party”-backed Representative Jason Chaffetz insinuating that people who are sick shouldn’t be able to afford anything in life aside from managing their illness:

And to top it all off, the written language of the bill actually refers to the Affordable Care Act as Obamacare, which has always been a GOP tactic for trying to undermine the law. If Internet comments revealing that some Trump voters don’t actually know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are really the same thing are any indication, it worked, and it’s sickening to see that kind of smear campaign make it into a new “healthcare” law.

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