Vice President Mike Pence made the mistake of tweeting out a photo of a Republican meeting about Trumpcare. He was appropriately mocked.
Using the official @VP Twitter account, Pence tweeted, “Appreciated joining @POTUS for meeting with the Freedom Caucus today,” Pence wrote, referencing the hardcore partisan right-wing faction of House Republicans. “This is it.”
— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 23, 2017
Of course, part of the GOP’s answer to repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood, repealing the requirement that health insurance companies cover contraception and breast cancer screenings, and rolling back coverage for numerous essential benefits that pregnant women depend on, like prenatal care, maternity care, and newborn services.
Twitter couldn’t help but notice that the conversation about ending critical healthcare services for women was held exclusively by old white men in suits. They also remarked on the irony of the name “Freedom Caucus,” given that they were largely focus on rolling back women’s rights to control what happens between them and their doctor.
— Whitney Hess (@whitneyhess) March 23, 2017
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 23, 2017
— Tracy Hall (@traceracer) March 24, 2017
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) March 23, 2017
Others poked fun at what a conversation between old white men discussing healthcare would entail, like coverage for Viagra, hair treatment, and prostate exams.
MASSIVE HARUMPHS FOLLOW
— Riley Robbins (@rileyrobbins) March 23, 2017
— Whitney Adams (@Whitney_Easter) March 23, 2017
However, the winner of the Twitter conversation may be Derek Kerton, who tweeted a photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet (a third of whom are women), which is overwhelmingly more diverse than the room Mike Pence was in on Thursday:
— Derek Kerton (@derekkerton) March 24, 2017
The House of Representatives is set to vote on Trumpcare on Friday afternoon, after the original plans for a Thursday vote were delayed due to turmoil within the Republican caucus. Even if the bill passes the House, it faces an uphill battle in the Senate, with numerous Republicans going on record in opposition to President Trump’s Obamacare alternative.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.