The House was to vote on the GOP health care bill today and social media was buzzing in anticipation of the vote.
It started early with #KillTheBill trending on twitter and #PassTheBill trending in opposition.
The contentious atmosphere online was embodied at Capitol Hill, where the House continued to debate the bill.
At a Rules Committee meeting in the morning, heated words were exchanged between GOP Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon and Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat. Rep Hastings became frustrated with the proposal and the amendments since it failed to get the necessary votes to pass on Thursday.
Say it loud, Congressman.
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) March 24, 2017
Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, gave an impassioned speech on the house floor saying “I will oppose this bill with every breath and every bone in my body.”
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) March 24, 2017
There were those who fought hard in support of the GOP bill as well. Rep. Mike Kelly, a Republican from Pennsylvania, spoke passionately, saying “we have to back track on a rookie mistake made seven years ago and make it better for the American people.”
— Rep. Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyPA) March 24, 2017
When news broke just minutes before the scheduled vote that House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor, the internet erupted with reaction memes and tweets:
We go live to Paul Ryan's press conference pic.twitter.com/JfSRC0sMF8
— Snacc Campbell (@LeBronMaclean) March 24, 2017
84% of Americans are against this Bill. You couldn't get 84% of Americans to agree to what color the sky is. #KillTheBill
— jamie (@gnuman1979) March 24, 2017
— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) March 24, 2017
But not everyone was pleased with the plug being pulled on the bill.
According to Ryan, the focus will now be on other issues such as tax reform and immigration.
"now we're going to move on with the rest of our agenda, because we have big, ambitious plans." -Ryan
— Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) March 24, 2017