If the American Health Care Act were ever the reason you died, you’d have one last chance to make a big statement thanks to a new website.
Yesterday, the American Health Care Act passed through the House, creating panic across Democratic parts of country. After all, the first time the AHCA came up for a vote, it didn’t get through because 24 million people stood to lose their health insurance. This time many Medicaid recipients and people with preexisting conditions saw the same writing on the wall.
There is very real concern that people will die as a direct result of the passage of the AHCA. Yesterday, people took to Twitter and cable news to share their personal stories of hospitalization and disease. Those stories would not have had the same ending in an America where the AHCA was law. Someone who knows that better than most is Zoey Jordan Salsbury, who made the website mailmetothegop.com.
— Zoey Jordan Salsbury (@zoeyjsalsbury) May 4, 2017
The point of the site is simple: a user can select a GOP representative and have their ashes mailed directly to them in the event they die because of their illness after no longer being covered. The site’s landing page says this:
Millions of Americans rely on protections and coverage from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Republicans new bill will gut these protections and many will die.
They deserve to know it. Fill out our form and we’ll help you get papers in order to send your ashes to a GOP member of Congress if you pass.
When a person fills out the form, they’re given the option of disclosing why the AHCA could kill them. Some of those responses are available for viewing on the site, too, and include, “My combat tour in Iraq resulted in enough disability to make me uninsurable, but not enough to get all my healthcare through the VA. You killed me, you prick,” and, “because you took away my fucking insurance.”
The site crashed yesterday because of an influx of visitors. We’ve reached out to Salsbury for her thoughts on that and will update if we hear back.
Before you log on to Mail Me to the GOP, remember that this bill has yet to pass the Senate (and may never do that), so you have a few other options. If you don’t like the AHCA, call your senators before you mail your remains to their colleagues.
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