Whatever Happened To The AHCA Class of 2017?
Hey, remember this? That's Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver Paul Ryan and his motley crew yucking it up right after voting to strip away healthcare coverage from 23 million people on May 4, 2017 by passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which not only most repealed the ACA but also gutted Medicaid spending and a bunch of other nasty stuff.
Well, what goes around comes around, which the House Democrats clearly knew at the time; as you can hear in the video, they were actually singing "Hey, hey, goodbye!" to the House Republicans immediately after the vote, because they knew exactly what the consequences would be of passing that pile of elephant poop.
Sure enough, exactly 551 days later, the 2018 Midterm Elections caused a Big Blue Wave to crash over the House GOP.
Out of curiosity, I went through the entire roll call vote and figured out exactly what the fate was of all 217 House Republicans who voted for the AHCA (It didn't need 218 votes to pass due to a handful of vacancies at the time).
There's still one uncalled at this writing, but as far as I can tell...
- 24 of them ran for re-election and lost:
- 4 of them ran for higher office and lost:
- 6 of them ran for re-election or higher office and lost in the primary:
- 24 of them either retired or resigned (plus one guy who resigned because he was appointed to run NASA). Note that no fewer than 4 of them resigned or retired due to a sexual abuse/harassment scandal of some sort:
- 4 of them ran for re-election or for higher office and the results are still uncertain:
In all, at least 57 of those who voted "yes" on the AHCA have since lost their jobs in public office one way or another in the past year and a half, or at least 26% of the total. This number could climb as high as 63, though it'll likely top off at around 60.
- Unfortunately, that still leaves 5 of them who managed to win higher office (either U.S. Senate, Governor or State Supreme Court)...
- ...and 150 who won re-election regardless (one of whom, Duncan Hunter of California, has also been recently indicted in federal court on campaign finance abuse):
While I'm at it, I should also note that there were 20 House Republicans who voted "no" on the AHCA. Here's their fate:
- 4 of them lost re-election (possibly 5 depending on the outcome of one race in Texas
- 9 (or 10) of them won re-election
- 6 of them resigned or retired...including yet another sexual harassment/abuse scandal.