On Wednesday night, Republican members of the Senate voted to repeal Obamacare (also known as The Affordable Care Act) during a late-night vote. The all-night marathon, officially known as a vote-o-rama, resulted in members of the Senate casting a 51-48 vote approving a budget resolution that outlines plans to repeal Obamacare.
It's important to clarify that Wednesday night's vote did not pass any legislation, but rather, set the groundwork for healthcare legislation that will be voted on in the House on Friday. If passed, this piece of legislation will begin the work of replacing and dismantling the Affordable Care Act.
While there are hardworking Senate Democrats fighting for Obamacare and the ensured continuation of affordable healthcare options, many of the 20 million Americans insured through Obamacare are already expressing their concerns on the trending #SaveACA hashtag. The concerns expressed on the hashtag range from tweets outlining the potential loss of treatment for life-threatening illnesses, as well as widespread concerns about the stripping of preventative healthcare, and regular check-ups.
For those worried, during the Wednesday press conference, President-elect Donald Trump addressed his urgency towards the dismantling of the ACA. "It will be repeal and replace. It will be simultaneously," he said.
In response to both Trump's statements and the vote in Senate, many people have taken to the internet to express their personal concerns about the loss of ACA, and how for many, it could be a matter of life or death. Here are 51 people who want to #SaveACA, and their reasons for that stance:
1. This Woman Worried About Her Grandparents
It's worth noting that both grandparents worked in positions directly supporting their communities.
2. This Breast Cancer Survivor
There is a whole strain of cancer advocacy dedicated to insurance, because of the way most companies treat survivors.
3. This Mother Of A Premature Child
GOP wants to make my little boy - a former preemie with several pre-existing conditions - uninsurable. Jesus wept. #SaveACA— Erin Joslyn (@erin_joslyn) January 12, 2017
This is coming from the same Senate members who claim to be pro-life.
4. This Woman Who Nearly Died While Uninsured
Unfortunately, it doesn't get better.
5. This Woman With A Pre-existing Condition
If I didn't have employer based insurance, I would be desperate right now. I have a pre existing condition & would be uninsurable. #SAVEACA— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) January 12, 2017
Even people currently covered by the workplace are speaking out, because they know the widespread implications.
6. This Woman And Her Family
Hello, my mother and three siblings are covered by the ACA and my sister's life literally depends on that fact. #saveACA— julie buntin (@juliebuntin) January 12, 2017
In many cases, this will not only affect individuals, but their whole social networks.
7. This Woman Calling Out Trump's Silence
20 million people could lose healthcare. Meanwhile, your President-elect is tweeting advertisements for LL Bean. #saveACA— Sowmya Krishnamurthy (@SowmyaK) January 12, 2017
The question isn't whether or not Trump supports ACA, it's what his actual replacement plan is.
8. This Woman On Disability
My #SaveACA story: I am 43 years old and I am retired on disability. In a couple months I'll be on Medicare, for as long as it survives.— Amadi (@amaditalks) January 12, 2017
What will happen to the livelihood of all the people about to be kicked off their insurance?
9. This Concerned Mother Of A Cancer Survivor
Again, how is this the beginning of a pro-life administration?
10. This Man Calling Out Republicans
republicans hate when democrats say they hate children and old people. then they vote to hurt children and old people. #SaveACA— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 12, 2017
This is worth considering.
11. This Independent Contractor
I’m an independent contractor who relies on the exchanges to get affordable insurance with several pre-existing conditions. #SaveACA— Dianna E Anderson (@diannaeanderson) January 12, 2017
There are so many uninsured jobs.
12. This Man Calling Out The Pro-Life Movement
It has already been said, again and again, that repealing Obamacare could be a matter of death for many.
13. This Daughter Of A Cancer Survivor
The ways the ACA has saved and helped cancer patients afford recovery should be at the forefront of the conversation.
14. This Self-Employed Woman
Again, the overlap of working jobs that don't provide healthcare and having a pre-existing condition are strong.
15. This Woman Worried About Limited Coverage
Another example of how ACA has improved life quality for many.
16. This Woman Looking For Work
It's really hard to land insurance when you're in the lurch between jobs.
17. This Person Advocating For Kids In Cancer Treatment
There are kids in the middle of cancer treatments through CHIP (Children's Healthcare Insurance Program) right now. Save them. #SaveACA— Gunwild (@GunwildPrime) January 12, 2017
18. This Person Calling Paul Ryan A Reverse Robin Hood
It should be noted that he's definitely not as hot as the animated fox Robin Hood.
19. This Father And Husband
Wife has CML, kid has hydrocephalus. Between leukemia and neurosurgeries family not insurable w/out ACA. #SaveACA— Tyler Simpson (@lobtheslob) December 15, 2016
Familial concern is a consistent theme.
20. This Woman Correlating Health And Productivity
It's true though, when health declines, so does the ability to contribute to the economy.
21. The Pennsylvania Senator Advocating For His Constituents
The saddest part is that this one is from a month ago and even more relevant now.
22. This Man Concerned About Himself And His Neighbors
If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, I lose my health insurance alongside millions of Americans. People's lives are at stake. #SaveACA— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) January 12, 2017
Whole communities will be affected.
23. This Woman Ready To Get Married For Health Insurance
Sadly, this might become real.
24. This Concerned Freelancer
Thoughtful reform is certainly more welcome than fully gutting a healthcare system.
25. This Person Concerned About Mental Illness Coverage
Mental health coverage is such a huge issue.
26. This Woman Worried About Job Loss
Repealing the ACA will impact California jobs. More than 200,000 people will lose their jobs. #SaveACA— Ellen (@ERSB102556) January 12, 2017
Not only will people lose coverage, but people working ACA-related jobs will lose employment.
27. This Woman Requesting A Replacement Plan
People wouldn't be as concerned if there was a solid healthcare replacement plan available.
28. This Woman Asking WWJD
Dear Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, & Christian members of the Senate trying to repeal people's healthcare,— Marla Depew (@MarlaDepew) January 12, 2017
Who Would Jesus Uninsure?#SaveACA
Amen to this sentiment.
29. A Reminder That The GOP Won't Lose Healthcare
It's easier to gut a system you've never been forced to rely on.
30. This Man Concerned About His Nephew
If a better healthcare plan is presented, people will likely get on board.
31. This Woman Threatening To Send Bills To Paul Ryan
This could become a new form of protest.
32. This Father Of An Autistic Son
This hashtag serves as evidence that many parents will be forced between a rock and a hard place if Obamacare is repealed.
33. This Woman Concerned About Her Meds
34. This Man Calling Out Journalists
#SaveACA No "journalist" asks Donald Trump GOP this simple question Why do u fight so hard for Americans to die by the thousands every year?— LordXmen2k (@lordxmen2k) January 12, 2017
Perhaps, the wording the question would require reframing. But the point still stands.
35. This Reminder To Call Your Reps
If you are personally feeling concerned, this is a solid form of action.
36. This Comicbook Artist
if you like comics you have a serious interest to #SaveACA since comics biz mostly freelancers whose health care issues are on HARD mode— Charlie Chu (@CharlieChu) January 12, 2017
This applies to many (most) creative demographics.
37. This Woman Concerned About Hefty Premiums
Her previous premium was over twice as much as her ACA payments, and she is not alone.
38. This Concerned College Student
It would require a whole different thread to delve into student loan debt.
39. This Woman With Chronic Asthma
There are so many people with chronic conditions who will be affected.
40. This Woman Concerned About Her Partner
My sweetheart has S4 Melanoma & lost his right leg last year as result. #SaveACA saved his life! Repealing ACA would kill him & many others— Molly Bear (@MollyLollySue) January 12, 2017
Again, life and death.
41. This Woman Going Through Chemo
Where is the replacement?
42. This Entreprenuer
The ACA saved me when I was starting my consulting business and didn't have a traditional day job. It's important. #SaveACA— k. (@OhKayByeeee) January 12, 2017
The lack of affordable healthcare alternatives could also contribute to less innovation in the job market as a result.
43. The California Senator Saying Healthcare Is Bipartisan
We’ve got to stop playing politics w/public health. This is not a partisan issue. It’s a crucial conversation about our values as a country.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 12, 2017
Providing accessible healthcare should be a priority for politicians across the board.
44. This Man Concerned About Medication
@KamalaHarris I'm on $1000 of meds a month that I need to function. No ACA means I lose my medication and by extension my livelihood— Patrick Lindsey (@HanFreakinSolo) January 12, 2017
The effects on mental health coverage are just one of the many possible detriments.
45. This Business Owner
@KamalaHarris The ACA made it possible for me to invest in my business/hire help, rather than having to save against medical bankruptcy.— Laura Anne Gilman (@LAGilman) January 12, 2017
The dismantling of Obamacare could also affect small business owners on a large scale.
46. This Man Concerned About Deductibles
@KamalaHarris $5,000 deductibles are not affordable.— Scott Presler VA (@ScottPresler) January 12, 2017
47. This Cancer Survivor
People will need to be moneyed to fight terminal diseases.
48. This Woman With Autoimmune Disorder
#SaveACA because I didn't ask for my autoimmune disorder.— Micayla Baker (@MicaylaBaker) January 12, 2017
The ability to function on a daily basis could be threatened for many.
49. This Man Who Survived Heart Surgery
This thread is full of people who survived because of ACA.
50. Bernie Sander's Call To Arms
Take a stand Jan. 15 to save health care from Republican attempts to throw 30 million people off health insurance. https://t.co/oVtr4LCpHV— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 10, 2017
It's crucial to stay loud and not give up.
51. This Woman Concerned About Hospital Funding
Now is a better time than ever to take action and call your representatives to protest the GOP repealing Obamacare, and keep sharing and exchanging stories with people in your community.