While Republicans celebrated the successful House vote on Thursday (4 May) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, social media erupted with furious criticism describing the bill as "un-American" and a "disgrace." The American Health Care Act, dubbed "Trumpcare", was narrowly passed in a 217 to 213 vote, sending the bill over to the Senate for consideration where it faces significant challenges.
Just moments after the vote, Democrats in the House waved farewell to their GOP colleagues and taunted them by singing, "Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye". Democrats believe the vote will backfire on House Republicans facing re-election next year.
Although Republicans have a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, President Trump is confident the bill will get passed through the 100-seat upper chamber.
"I went through two years of campaigning and I'm telling you, no matter where I went, people were suffering so badly with the ravages of Obamacare," Trump said. "We are going to get this passed through the Senate. I am so confident."
The development, however, quickly triggered massive uproar from the American Medical Association, doctors, advocates and social media users with many taking to Twitter to express their thoughts on the consequences that come with the new bill.
Some slammed the revamped bill's amendment that allows some states to opt out of 10 types of "essential coverage" such as maternal care, prescription coverage, vaccinations and mental health services.
Many battling diseases such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease - conditions referred to as "pre-existing conditions" voiced fear that their healthcare may become significantly more expensive or will be taken away altogether. Sexual assault, domestic violence, cesarean sections and postpartum depression are also considered "pre-existing condition."
Many people shared their own heartbreaking stories using the hashtag #IAmAPreexistingCondition.
Many people also slammed the proposed cuts to Medicaid funding by $880 billion over 10 years.
"As a doctor, wife, mother, patient and employee, I oppose #AHCA as un-American," one Twitter user wrote. Another wrote: "I'm a doctor and your tax cut for the wealthy, take care from the needy, disguised as a health care bill is a disgrace."
"I am a rape victim. But my rapist would get to keep his healthcare. #IAmAPreexistingCondition #VoteNo", journalist Maureen Shaw wrote.
One user tweeted: "I'm a disabled veteran that suffers from PTSD #IAmAPreexistingCondition along with thousands of other veterans who suffer".