Thursday afternoon, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted out that “thousands of people will die if the Republican health care bill becomes law.” He is correct.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that 23 million people will lose health coverage if the House version of the bill becomes law, and the Senate version of the bill is, in many ways, harsher than the House version.
ThinkProgress estimated that an earlier version of the House bill would cause approximately 29,000 people to die in 2026 due to their inability to obtain health care. A recent Center for American Progress estimates that the body count due to Trumpcare will range between 18,100 and 27,700 in 2026.
In any event, here’s how Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) responded to Sanders’ assertion that taking health coverage away from tens of millions of people will lead to unnecessary deaths.
The brief time when we were *not* accusing those we disagree with of murder was nice while it lasted. https://t.co/qr1rzon1cg
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) June 23, 2017
The brief time when Republicans were *not* trying to pass legislation that will kill thousands of their fellow Americans was also nice while it lasted.