Three GOP Women Voted No to Repeal Obamacare: Here’s Why That’s Important
*UPDATE: On July 25, Senator Shelley Moore Capito voted yes on the motion to proceed on Obamacare repeal while Senators Collins and Murkowski voted “no.”
On Tuesday, three female Republican Senators, Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia), Susan Collins (Maine), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), voted no to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement. Here’s what Senator Collins had to say about her vote:
My latest statement on the Senate health care bill & planned vote to repeal Obamacare: pic.twitter.com/yAVIxgptCu
— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) July 18, 2017
The other two Senators reaffirmed that sentiment: they’re not in DC to hurt people. And yet repealing the ACA without a replacement bill would leave millions vulnerable – in particular women and children and those with mental illness (in essence those who can’t afford to lose the coverage the most).
So how did we get here? It started with Vice President Mike Pence’s now viral photo:
— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 23, 2017
Notice anything strange about it? That’s right: not a single women is included in the discussion on the fate of women’s health care. At a time when women’s leadership is stagnating at 20% at the federal, state, and local government levels, women’s voices continue to be underrepresented and their needs continue to be overlooked. That’s why it’s so striking that it was women, the ones originally left out of the process, who took a stand for the millions of Americans who would lose essential, life-saving coverage.
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