Paul Ryan and the rest of the Republicans in Congress just made the biggest mistake of their political careers.
The U.S. House on Wednesday gave approval to the RyanCare 2.0 bill, which will destroy the Affordable Care Act and endanger millions of Americans’ health care. The bad news for Republicans is that 38 million angry seniors are preparing to take revenge on them.
Seniors citizens are the Republicans’ most important voter group. If older Americans turn against the GOP like it appears they will, that could spell the end of the Republican Party once and for all.
The American Association of Retired People represents more than 37 million older Americans, reaching every state in the U.S. The group’s leaders say they’re launching a massive campaign to inform and activate their millions of members around the country.
“We promised to hold members of Congress accountable for their vote on this bill. True to our promise, AARP is now letting its 38 million members know how their elected Representative voted on this health bill in The Bulletin, a print publication that goes to all of our members, as well as through emails, social media, and other communications,” a top AARP executive said in a statement.
Advocates for senior health care have a long list of criticisms against the RyanCare bill that was approved by the Republicans this week. In particular, experts fear that the bill will increase prices and reduce health care options for anyone on Medicare, in addition to poor and middle-class workers and families.
“AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill,” AARP leaders said after the bill was approved by the GOP-controlled Congress. “The bill will put an age tax on us, harming millions of American families with health insurance, forcing many to lose coverage or pay thousands of dollars more for health care.”
They continued, “The bill now puts at risk the 25 million older adults with preexisting conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, who would likely find health care unaffordable or unavailable to them.”
All around, this is a bad deal for the American people. Millions of us are praying the Senate does the right thing and kills this bill.