Liberals Foresee Thousands—or Even Millions—Dying in Wake of AHCA Passage

Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) / Getty
Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) / Getty
May 4, 2017

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 217 to 213 to pass the American Health Care Act, a Republican bill aimed at repealing Obamacare and replacing it with more conservative reforms to the country's health care system.

But while Republicans rejoiced at this next step towards repeal, many on the left went on Twitter to lament the impending massacre of thousands, or even millions, of Americans that would result from the AHCA's passage and the potential repeal of Obamacare.

From the halls of Congress, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.) tweeted that after Thursday's vote, the House GOP "will have the death of thousands of [sic] your conscience forever." Murphy subsequently referred to the bill as a "deliberate decision to hurt millions."

The day before the vote, Murphy also insisted that "thousands will die if this bill becomes law."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) was also certain that "people will die," but did not say quite how many.

Similar reactions came from the likes of former Hillary Clinton staffer Matt Ortega, who said that House Republicans "condemn many to death," and Dar'shun Kendrick, a Democratic Georgia State representative, who brought up Hillary Clinton's emails by comparison.

The left-wing media also foresaw the deaths of Americans resulting from the vote.

"House Republicans vote to sentence millions of Americans to death" was the headline from Daily Kos, a liberal political site.

The same responses came from several left-leaning journalists, including one who proposed a new Bud Light slogan: "You've just condemned millions of people to death. How about a nice cold Bud Light?"