Republican members of Congress are feeling the heat at home. Both the Senate and House of Representatives are on recess at the moment, and thanks to their inability to push their controversial health care bill to a vote last week, GOP politicians now facing protests and outcry in their hometowns. As of Wednesday, the GOP's messaging efforts are being pushed against on social media too ― Hillary Clinton issued a biting response to the GOP's health care tweets.
On Wednesday, July 5, the official @GOP Twitter account sent out a thread of tweets challenging prominent Democrats and progressives to give their plans for what to do about health care. It wasn't a defense of the party's health care bill, exactly ― in fact, the thread entirely avoided discussing the details of the GOP plan, opting instead to attack the party's rivals, stating that the Democrats aren't bringing "anything to the table" when it comes to fixing the health care system.
Which is where Clinton comes in. When the GOP account turned its focus to the former Democratic presidential nominee ― which was a little strange to begin with, considering Clinton lost the election eight months ago, and has announced no future political plans ― she was ready.
The tweet quoted Clinton's campaign statement that the Democrats need to "fix what's broken" in the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), and then demanded to know what her plan was. What the person running the GOP account might not have anticipated was that Clinton actually did have a plan on health care, and it's been posted on her campaign website since last year.
Clinton (or perhaps someone managing her social media accounts) noted that her proposals don't include stripping insurance from more than 20 million Americans, nor cutting Medicaid spending in favor of upper-class tax cuts.
The GOP account also went after Clinton's former primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in a similar fashion. Sanders also has his own health care plan detailed on his official website ― he supports a single-payer system, and the establishment of health care as a human right.
As it stands now, the Senate health care bill is one of the most widely disliked pieces of legislation in modern American political history. A recent poll from NBC News/PBS NewsHour/Marist found that just 17 percent of the American public approve of it, while 55 percent disapprove.