What Happened To Graham-Cassidy? The Bill Is No More & Twitter Is Pumped
History repeats itself: The popular saying demonstrated its time-tested accuracy Tuesday, after the Republican party's latest effort to replace and repeal Obamacare failed to curry the favor it needed for fruition — yet again. Senate Republicans admitted their defeat as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed the press that the notorious bill would not be brought forth for a vote this week. After it was confirmed that the Graham-Cassidy bill failed, the internet reacted in a wide range of emotions. From relief and gratitude to comical takes and caution for the future, social media users made their views abundantly clear online.
The legislation was authored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy as the party's latest push against Affordable Care Act, and both senators behind the bill seemed to confident as late as Monday night at a CNN town hall debate. Graham and Cassidy hashed out their differences in an anticipated exchange with independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. But hiccups on several key issues revealed that the GOP still did not have an ideologically sound and pragmatic agenda for America's complex and dysfunctional health care system.
In fact, Cassidy's lukewarm and unsatisfactory answer for a father and daughter's question concerning pre-existing conditions and premiums was highlighted as one of the moments the GOP lost more favor with their audience on Monday night. Sanders went as far as calling the GOP proposal "disastrous" to Cassidy and Graham's faces.
The senators might have expected support in the Senate, though opposition from not only every Democrat, but especially three opposition declarations from Republicans Rand Paul, John McCain, and Susan Collins, meant the legislation had to be let go — for now.
Cassidy told a press conference on Tuesday:
To be clear, through events that are under our control and not under our control, we don't have the votes. We've made the decision since we don't have the votes, we will postpone that vote.
Graham said that they would eventually return to the replace and repeal efforts:
We're coming back to this after taxes.
With the news out in the open, American social media users shared their views.
Folks seemed happy.
One Twitter user mentioned her sister's condition and expressed relief at the defeat of the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Of course, a Harry Potter GIF appeared.
No political reaction is complete without an Leslie Knope GIF, it seems.
A Elle Woods GIF
"Thank you everyone who called Congress and spoke out against this bill," the progressive organization Alliance for a Better Minnesota tweeted.
A Clever Zombie Analogy
Presumably alluding to Graham's declaration that the GOP will get back to another replace and repeal effort "after taxes," one user used a nifty zombie analogy.
I guess it rhymes.
This Sweet Way Of Thanking People
One Twitter user thanked those who called their Republican senators by drawing for them.
Another way to put it.
Naturally, several users sought sarcasm to express their views on the news.
Focus On Something Else
"Now we can focus on improving our health care system, not dismantling it," tweeted New York congresswoman Grace Meng.
The Taylor Swift Version
Didn't see that one coming.
This Planned Parenthood Account's Tweet
Planned Parenthood's advocacy account shared its views with an American Horror Story GIF.
"I Bury Those Cockroaches!"
We saw some Scarface goin' on.
"You Don't Have The Votes"
Of course, Hamilton, too.
Some just went straight to the point.
Scrubs got some Twitter time, too.
Some thanked their senators for opposing the bill.
This Modified Image
This cracked me up.
Yep, more Hamilton.
One Twitter user summed their thoughts on the bill in this pithy tweet.
From the looks of it, it seems like the majority of Twitter was in clear and unapologetic opposition toward the bill. No wonder Tuesday's news brought a smile to people's faces.