The GOP's Godawful Health Care Bill Doesn't Have the Votes to Pass the House

Image via AP Photo.
Image via AP Photo.
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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • The “American Health Care Act,” also known as the “Fuck You, Poor and Elderly People Act,” is facing a lingering Freedom Caucus defection—to be clear, they’re the ones that think it’s too generous—that critically endangers its passage in the House tomorrow. Today, Spicey told reporters that there is no “Plan B” if the bill doesn’t pass tomorrow, which seems, perhaps, like something he should have kept to himself. [Washington Post]
  • Meanwhile, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie would like everyone to know that he changed his vote on AHCA from “no” to “hell no.” [Twitter]
  • Added to the long list of people who hate Trump’s nasty little budget proposal are Republican governors, who—oops!—actually do need help from the big bad federal government. [New York Times]
  • House Intelligence Commitee chair Devin Nunes, who served on the Trump transition team and is now somehow leading an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, is up to something bizarre and fairly convoluted and I’m not even going to try to summarize it so you should click on these links. [Politico, Twitter]
  • Here are some highlights from today’s Gorsuch hearing. [New York Times]
  • The LAPD is concerned that ICE fears are keeping Latinxs in Los Angeles from reporting rape and domestic violence. [Huffington Post]
  • Texas women dressed in Handmaids Tale outfits protested a recently-approved bill that would ban a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure. [My Statesman]

Here are some tweets that the president was allowed to publish:


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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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Tomorrow is the vote on the AHCA, so I did something I do often, and called my Congressman’s district office, that’s Darrell Issa’s office in Vista CA, to ask about his vote, as he has publicly made noises about how he’s not thrilled with such a huge defunding of PP and so many people losing coverage. It’s a lucky day if anyone answers the phone, and usually they’re somewhat rude, but not like today. Here’s how it went down:

Douchebag Who Answered the Phone: Darrell Issa’s Office!

Me: Hi, I’m calling to find out how the Congressman will vote tomorrow on the healthcare bill.

Douchebag: He’ll be voting yes!

Me: I was afraid you’d say that. I’m calling as a constituent, and I’d like to ask that he votes no, because more than 40k people will lose their coverage in this district, and - [I get cut off]

Douchebag: [screaming, and that’s not an exaggeration] THAT’S WRONG CHECK YOUR FACTS

Me: That’s not wrong, that estimate comes from -

Douchebag: YOU’RE WRONG

Me: Excuse me? Can you please let me fini-

Douchebag: [literally laughs at me] YOU’RE WRONG AND YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR FACTS

Me: I’m trying to tell you where i got my facts, but you won’t let -

This went on for some time, me trying to talk and him yelling over me so I couldn’t even finish a sentence or get any measure of confidence that my opinion was being registered until I was ALSO screaming at him with “YOU’RE HEARTLESS AND PEOPLE WILL DIE AND HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO ME LIKE THIS I HOPE YOU HAVE A TERRIBLE DAY”

I called back about a half hour later, after I had stopped shaking from anger, spoke to another staffer who was still a little rude but whose tone and words at least reached a bare minimum of respect, and told her that it will not escape our notice that when he votes yes tomorrow, he’ll be exchanging our healthcare for a huge tax cut for himself.

I’m frustrated, guys.