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Democrats Blast Newly Passed Plan As ‘Immoral, Reckless And Ideologically Motivated’

Lawmakers did not hold back in criticizing provisions of the American Health Care Act and its passage in the House.

The Hill: Dems Tear Into 'Shameful' ObamaCare Repeal Vote 
Democrats on Thursday tore into the House GOP's vote to repeal ObamaCare, ripping their healthcare plan as a "tax cut for millionaires" and "immoral." The House narrowly passed the American Health Care Act by a 217-213 vote earlier Thursday afternoon. No Democrats backed the bill, and 20 Republicans broke ranks to oppose it. (Beavers, 5/4)

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren On GOP Health Bill: ‘People Will Die’ 
Senator Elizabeth Warren was blunt in her condemnation of the GOP health care bill passed by the House Thursday, saying that “people will die” as a result of the measure. “This isn’t football. It’s not about scoring points,” Warren wrote in a statement released Thursday afternoon. (Reiss, 5/4)

The Hill: Clinton Urges 'Fight' Against The GOP Following ObamaCare Vote 
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton encouraged her Twitter followers to "fight back" against the GOP on Thursday. Clinton slammed the GOP for a "failure of policy [and] morality” in a tweet following Thursday’s House vote to pass the GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill. The former Democratic nominee also shared a tweet encouraging voters to donate to the Democratic candidates who are competing for 35 swing districts where lawmakers voted in favor of the healthcare bill. (Vladimirov, 5/4)

The CT Mirror: CT Dems Decry House GOP Victory On Health Bill That May Stumble In Senate
House Republicans on Thursday finally won approval for a health care bill aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, but the legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate, which may not be able to take it up for weeks. Every Democrat, including all five Connecticut members of the U.S. House, voted against the bill, which squeaked through, on a 217-213 vote, after it was amended to win the votes of a number of squeamish Republicans. (Radelat, 5/4)

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