Of the 217 House Republicans who voted for the bill to repeal Obamacare, only a tiny handful have committed to facing their own voters to tell them why they deserve to lose their access to health care.
House Speaker Paul Ryan finally passed the health care bill he and Donald Trump have been pushing for weeks, after backroom deals with the Freedom Caucus and a series of amendments that only made it worse. The bill now heads to the Senate.
The repeal bill, which Republicans call the American Health Care Act, kicks over 24 million people off their health insurance. It guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including patients with cancer, diabetes, asthma, postpartum depression, even victims of rape and domestic violence.
Among the Republicans who have so far failed to schedule any town halls: California Rep. Darrell Issa, who claimed it was “none of your business” how he was going to vote; Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett, who thinks it is no big deal if sick people die because they did not vote for him; Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, who loudly proclaimed Congress had to vote for this “fucking thing,” Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who thinks “people who lead good lives” do not get pre-existing conditions; New York Rep. Chris Collins, who asked a reporter on air to explain to him the bill he just voted for; and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who rode into the House chamber on a scooter after surgery for a pre-existing foot condition to vote to kill everyone else’s pre-existing condition coverage.
While it is inexcusable that Republicans are not prepared to explain their votes face to face with people in their districts, it is no surprise that many of them are scared of doing so: