After months of attempting to pass Trumpcare, the GOP health care bill effectively "died" Monday night after Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran announced that they would be voting against the proposed plan. And given the bill's deep unpopularity, it's not surprising that this news was met with celebratory and mocking posts throughout social media.
The bill, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would leave 22 million uninsured, has maintained an extremely low approval rating among the American public. A recent Wall Street Journal and NBC news poll found that only 16 percent of Americans and 34 percent of Republicans considered deemed the bill "a good idea." It was primarily pushed by the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
"I regret that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failures of Obamacare will not be successful," McConnell said in a statement he delivered on the Senate floor on Tuesday. The majority leader then vowed to hold a Senate vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a two-year delay "as we work toward patient-centered health care." However, three Republican senators have already voiced opposition to this.
Here are just a few examples of some of how people are reacting.
1. Grassroots Victory
That's it. Trumpcare is dead.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 18, 2017
Nothing matters? Bullshit.
The calls, the rallies, the town halls: it all mattered.
Now we keep fighting. https://t.co/IYquaQyQCR
Activist groups such as Indivisible have been working relentlessly to put an end to Trumpcare. Thousands across the country have called, protested, written to, and held meetings with their legislators to defeat the bill.
2. Good News For Women
Given the devastating effects Trumpcare would have on Planned Parenthood and women's health care in general, Monday night's news was welcomed by countless women across the country.
3. The "Winning" Thing Isn't Aging Well
Trump repeatedly told his supporters they wouldn't be able to handle all the "winning" a Trump presidency would bring. "We are gonna win, win, win," he said at a rally once, before saying:
4. Where's The Leadership?
Despite having criticized Obama for not "owning" the results of legislative failures while president, Trump is doing the same, including explicitly saying, "I'm not owning it," referring to the currently-in-place healthcare system.
5. New PR Team Needed
Sarah Huckabee Sanders blaming the GOP health care failure on Democrats pic.twitter.com/iOs8Bjt0W0— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) July 18, 2017
People don't think Sanders is doing much better than Sean Spicer.
6. Not Too Far Off From What He'd Say
so you proposed the health care— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 18, 2017
happened in your presidency
your party proposed it
it was your senators
wasnt me pic.twitter.com/W9LGPH2Yjp
Missing some exclamation points, but "It Wasn't Me" could really be a Trump tweet.
7. Real-Life Impact
Hey, if you called your senator or representative to tell them to support Obamacare, my chronically diseased colon thanks you.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) July 18, 2017
And there are undoubtedly millions more in similar situations.
8. Country Over Party
After being left out of McConnell's all-male meetings concerning the Senate bill, this is poetic justice.
9. He's Got A Point
Republicans own Obamacare, they've been negligently and deliberately sabotaging the ACA healthcare law since the day it was passed— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) July 18, 2017
Democrats aren't the only ones who've had influence over Obamacare.
10. Sweet Memories?
Well, Trump will always have this pic.twitter.com/HIJrOcQvv5— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) July 18, 2017
For now, the president, Paul Ryan, and McConnell can reminisce back to their May celebration following Trumpcare's passage in the House.
11. The Other Side
Of course, not everyone was happy about the news.
GOP effort to simply repeal Obamacare is like a heart surgeon saying "I can't do a transplant, so I'll just remove your heart. Cool?"— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) July 18, 2017
The effects would be devastating for millions.
13. Not Even Gloating
I'm very happy about the trumpcare loss but not in a "haha you lose" way, it's more like a "WOW SO MANY LIVES ARE SAVED THANK GOD"— Ziwe (@ziwe) July 18, 2017
As good as the schadenfreude at the expense of political opponents might be, it's not the main reason so many are celebrating.
14. Defending Trump
Dems:"ObamaCare is great! Nothing wrong with it"— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) July 18, 2017
Trump:"I'll let it fail"
Dems:"He wants us to die!!"
I thought you said it was fine? 🤔
Many think "the left" is overreacting by characterizing the president's suggestion that his administration "just let Obamacare fail" as callous.
15. I Mean...
NEW TRUMPCARE SLOGAN— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) July 18, 2017
Get Rich or Die.
It's not inaccurate.
This is a crucial reminder for everyone who wants to ensure the GOP's health care plan remains defeated.
Whether the GOP will bother to hold a vote on the bill at all at this point remains to be seen.