Twitter Launches Into Defense Of Obamacare As Repeal Process Begins

"Without the ACA, both my aunt (a Trump supporter) and I (a Democrat) would be denied coverage due to diabetes."

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, Republicans in the Senate initiated their first major strike against the Affordable Care Act with a budget blueprint that paves the way for its repeal, signaling their urgency to fulfill the longtime promise to dismantle Obamacare despite not yet agreeing on a plan to replace it. At the same time, the Senate rejected proposed amendments aimed at protecting some of the most important provisions in Obamacare, including maintaining coverage for veterans and those with pre-existing conditions, and safeguarding contraceptive coverage.

Republicans have sought to repeal the health care law since its very beginning, but legislation targeting the ACA has always been vetoed by President Obama. President-elect Trump, however, is a vocal critic of Obamacare, and with a commanding majority in both chambers of Congress, Republican lawmakers are determined to repeal the ACA. In spite of repeated claims of a plan, the GOP has yet to put forth any replacement measures.

Democratic lawmakers and Americans supporting the ACA criticized the GOP-led Senate on Thursday. 

On social media, users were urged to call their House representatives, who will cast their votes on Friday. An unorganized defense of the health care law emerged on Twitter under the hashtag #SaveACA, with many people talking about how Obamacare worked for them — and in many cases, saved their lives. 

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