Republicans in the Senate took a major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday night, while simultaneously voting down proposed amendments to make sure people with preexisting conditions could still get coverage.
On Thursday morning, many people who can only get health care thanks to the ACA took to Twitter to express their horror that the GOP is going full speed ahead with gutting the healthcare legislation without having anything close to an alternative that would keep them covered.
"As a breast cancer survivor, this is a death sentence for me," one woman tweeted at Rep. Keith Ellison (D -MN) on Thursday.
And she wasn't alone, as many people who benefit from the ACA used the hashtag #SaveTheACA to tell the world about how they will literally die if they can't get access to health care once the ACA is gone.
Check out some of the top reactions below.
@keithellison As a breast cancer survivor, this is a death sentence for me.— Amelia (@Amelia)1484221590.0
I have cystic fibrosis. If the ACA is repealed people like me will lose coverage. People like me will die. #SavetheACA— Magical Mr. Mikestoffelees 🐱 (@Magical Mr. Mikestoffelees 🐱)1484230149.0
ACA is not perfect but it saved me & millions of others with pre-existing conditions. Improve it, but don't take it away. Please. #SaveACA— Jenny Lawson (@Jenny Lawson)1484230246.0
I have a chronic disease. #SaveACA means I can be self-employed with coverage and schedule work around my illness.… https://t.co/urm1l6xDcm— Jen is not shy just tired (@Jen is not shy just tired)1484218432.0
2. Without the protections in the ACA, I will run out of health insurance in 1-2 years thanks to the reinstatement of lifetime limits.— ☂️ Cindy Baldwin ☂️ (@☂️ Cindy Baldwin ☂️)1484210539.0