Democrats ridiculed Republicans as they jammed through a repeal of Obamacare by chanting ‘Na-na, na-na, hey, hey, hey, Goodbye!’ on the House floor – and a House Democratic leader says the GOP will pay for its temporary victory.
Republicans blasted the breach of decorum, but some wondered publicly whether the Democrats might be right and Republican members had put their own jobs in jeopardy.
Just as the House leadership reached 217 votes to ensure passage of the controversial bill to strip away President Obama’s signature achievement, House members seated in the left side of the chamber started making the chant.
Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado was among those egging fellow Democrats to join in by waiving her arms on the floor of the House.
When a reading clerk asked whether any lawmakers wanted to reconsider their vote, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), chair yelled out across the chamber in a booming voice: ‘You sure about that? Last chance!’
SEE YA!” Democrats ridiculed Republicans as the Obamacare repeal went through, chanting and waiving. Republicans later grumbled about the ‘unprofessional’ move
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More and more colleagues joined in, allowing the chorus to build. The chant, taken from the 60s song ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,’ is familiar to sports fans who have heard arena crowds jeer a team on the way to defeat.
Asked about his remarks, Crowley told DailyMail.com shortly after the vote: ‘I said, “Sure about this vote? You don’t wanna take it back? Last chance!”‘
‘People are definitely going down on it,’ he added.
‘Even people voted no on this bill, they elect the leadership to the House that put the bill on the floor. They’re all responsible. They’ve all voted 60 times to repeal the bill,’ Crowley added.
House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hit back at Democrats for the cheer. ‘I think that’s very unprofessional. I would never like to be a member to do something like that,’ he told DailyMail.com.
‘UNPROFESSIONAL’: ‘I would never like to be a member to do something like that,’ House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told DailyMail.com.
Representative Tom MacArthur, who drafted an amendment that won over conservatives in the hardline Freedom Caucus this week, was among those blasting Democrats for the chant
Rep. Tom MacArthur, who helped salvage the deal by negotiating with conservative Freedom Caucus members, also blasted the cheer.
‘Frankly, I thought that that was beneath the dignity of the House to be singing a song with a political message. This isn’t about politics. This is about the American people having health care coverage. It’s about making sure that prices come down. And to try to make it a political joke on the floor is frankly beneath the dignity of the House of representatives,’ MacArthur said.
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‘People are definitely going down on it,’ said Democratic Caucus chair Rep. Joseph Crowley, who yelled out at Republicans on the floor as the Obamacare repeal passed
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) was among those urging on the ‘hey, hey goodbye’ cheer
Democrats believe the Republican health care vote could be a pillar of their strategy to retake the House
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who was among those Republicans opposing their party leadership on the bill, said the chanters might be right about what happens to those Republicans.
‘This is a political environment. That was a political statement. Whether they’re right or not, I don’t know, but I do think this is one of those bills that unknowns,’ Jones told DailyMail.com. ‘Any bill like this can come back and create some problems. I have 70,000 retired veterans in my district. The veterans came out against this bill … And maybe it won’t hurt anybody but I care about my district and what they think. They’ve been opposed to this bill,’ he added.
Democrats believe the health care vote could be a pillar of their strategy to retake the House, as they stress the House bill’s elimination of a list of essential benefits that insurance companies must cover, while allowing states to get waivers for coverage of people with preexisting medical conditions.
The bill passed 217 to 213. Twenty Republicans voted against the bill. Among Democrats, 193 voted for it, with not a single one of them voting in favor.
House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California said at a press conference that Republicans who voted for the bill ‘walked the plank. They were duped into walking the plank for a bill that will not become law.’
According to National Journal, of 23 districts carried by Democrat Hillary Clinton that are represented by a House Republican, 14 voted for the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill.