The future of Obamacare has been in limbo for the better part of seven years now. Ever since its partisan-line passage in 2010, Republicans have vowed to repeal President Obama's signature legislation. In fact, Republicans have voted to repeal or change Obamacare no less than 54 times to date. Those efforts had little hope of success while Obama held a presidential veto. But with President Trump now in the Oval Office, congressional Republicans are confident that their move to repeal Obamacare, beginning with a House vote on Thursday, will ultimately be enacted. In stringent opposition this legislative change, however, are the thousands of Twitter users who have employed the hashtag #ObamacareHelpedMe to show the benefits of the ACA. UPDATE: The AHCA has officially passed the House with a majority of votes, 217 to 213.
According to analyses from both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and a new Harvard study based on "RomneyCare" in Massachusetts, Republicans' repeal and replace plan could have catastrophic consequences. Their findings predicts millions will lose their insurance, and the new market will be far less solvent. Increases in price will cause lower-income buyers to drop out of the market, which drives up emergency room visits — and those are both costly and less effective than preventative health care. Additionally, those who most need health care — the elderly and sick — will be a disproportionately large portion of buyers. Cue financial breakdown.
Twitter is having none of that. Here are just a sampling of what users had to say about how Obamacare helped them: