In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abandoned a health care bill on Friday that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act. It happened after GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan informed President Trump that he was unable to whip up the number of Republican votes necessary for the bill to pass.
The bill’s extreme unpopularity (it was polling at 17 percent on Friday morning) was bad enough, but the failure to get it passed exposed deep divisions within the Republican party. As a result, detractors of the repeal-and-replace strategy are having a field day on Twitter, mocking both Trump and Ryan for failing utterly to achieve a goal Republicans have considered a top priority since 2010.
In the world of politics, Democrats and their allies were ecstatic. Like New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who came at Trump and Ryan with an oldie but goodie burn unit joke.
Hey Republicans, don't worry, that burn is covered under the Affordable Care Act
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 24, 2017
Planned Parenthood was similarly thrilled. After all, the GOP bill was designed in part to gut the organization’s funding (and deny women affordable coverage for everything from mammograms to maternity leave).
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) March 24, 2017
Meanwhile, Pete Souza, White House photographer under Barack Obama, posted this photo, taken during the effort to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010, to his Instagram account.
Before voting on the Affordable Care Act in 2010, President Obama met with many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle over the course of many months. This picture was taken at the end of a multiple hours-long meeting with the entire Republican House caucus in which he responded to dozens of questions and critiques. It was carried live on cable TV.
But of course, many, many people laughed and laughed.
I'm starting a new wine label called "Chardonnfreude": a crisp white that pairs perfectly with watching the implosion of your foes. Cheers! https://t.co/S1K7Ag9o41
— Elizabeth Shapiro (@LizzyShaps) March 24, 2017
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) March 24, 2017
— Barry Petchesky (@barry) March 24, 2017
— Melanism (@Melanism) March 24, 2017
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 24, 2017
The bill was cancelled faster than Paul Ryan's modeling career. pic.twitter.com/O3zjJBV5Dq
— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) March 24, 2017
— ClinicEscort (@ClinicEscort) March 24, 2017
Health Care Bill? pic.twitter.com/tvqxFMv91B
— mamrie hart (@mametown) March 24, 2017
— zephyr (@blasianknight) March 24, 2017
— Pin Head (@PiercedSkull) March 24, 2017
House Republicans right now pic.twitter.com/TU9nSxfoJP
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) March 24, 2017
Donald changing his Facebook status with healthcare to "it's complicated" pic.twitter.com/5VxOGLRBxG
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) March 24, 2017
Paul Ryan is upset 24 million people can keep healthcare.
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) March 24, 2017
— CWA (@CWAUnion) March 24, 2017
— Nick Mundy (@dickfundy) March 24, 2017
Looks like Trump is practicing the withdrawal method.
— Emily McCombs (@msemilymccombs) March 24, 2017
Lol when you pull out cause you don't have a plan B pic.twitter.com/vMCSahyPtr
— Jessica Samakow (@jsam1126) March 24, 2017
Trump will want to pass the blame, as if #Trumpcare wasn't his even though he campaigned for it. Ryan will be the scapegoat. Popcorn please.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 24, 2017
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 24, 2017
Looking forward to Donald Trump’s next big deal that won’t pass.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) March 24, 2017
Even though they made their bill even meaner and more hateful toward women and kids, it wasn't anti-woman enough for the Tea Party Reps.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 24, 2017
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 24, 2017
Paul Ryan walking around D.C. today. pic.twitter.com/80L0K7kVxn
— Enebong Ephraim (@EnebongEphraim) March 24, 2017
Speaker Ryan had +44 Republicans and still couldn't get healthcare passed. Just goes to show what happens when you give a man a woman's job!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) March 24, 2017
Stalled travel ban. Wire-tap lie revealed. Investigation on Russia ties. Health-care debacle. Trump must be getting really tired of winning.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) March 24, 2017
Naturally, Netflix’s “House of Cards,” which has had a lot of fun at Trump’s expense over the last year, joined in the fun.
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 24, 2017
But it wasn’t all mockery of course. Democratic Presidential candidate and popular vote winner Hillary Clinton, for example, celebrated the defeat of Trumpcare, calling it “a victory for all Americans.”
Today was a victory for all Americans. pic.twitter.com/LX6lzQXtBR
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 24, 2017
Some, like actor Mark Ruffalo, congratulated those who worked to defeat the GOP bill.
Congratulations to the #Resistance for win on Health Care. Decency won, driven by you! Humbled to stand shoulder to shoulder with you!
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 24, 2017
Other well meaning people thanked members of the GOP who opted to oppose it, even if in doing so, they politely ignored that GOP opposition stemmed largely from thinking the bill didn’t go far enough in reversing Obamacare.
Thank you to those house republicans who were brave enough to know that party line isn't an excuse for bad legislation for all Americans.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 24, 2017
As for Republicans — Ana Navarro aside — let’s just say many of them were open about being disappointed that 24 million people didn’t lose access to health care.
Unfortunately, Paul Ryan didn't give him that bill. https://t.co/oIdLXtN1wY
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 24, 2017
It's a lot easier 4 politicians to give the America people something then it is 4 them to take something away
Why we're broke
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 24, 2017