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Jason Chaffetz has had some spring. The Republican from Utah began by saying people needed to choose between iPhones and healthcare, and it culminated with his announcement that he would not seek reelection, which was followed by a crazy bit of speculation that he might resign immediately, which he himself hasn’t really tried to squelch.
He also registered some domains for a possible 2028 presidential run, and somewhere in between all of that, he had foot surgery. But Chaffetz refused to let that minor obstacle from casting a House vote on replacing Obamacare.
He rode a scooter.
Chaffetz is all smiles as he scoots back from a fully-insured surgery to repeal health coverage for millions. pic.twitter.com/XrM8DSQXO2— Ben Marter (@BenMarter) May 4, 2017
If you thought that was ripe for a meme, well then, you are a denizen of the internet.
For starters, everyone made the “Bae Come Over” joke that played on Chaffetz sudden urgency to vote on a bill.
Bae: Come over— Jeremy Venook (@JVenook) May 4, 2017
Jason Chaffetz: I can't, just had foot surgery
Bae: We're voting to take healthcare away from poor people
Bae: Come over— Gay Hooters (@Gayhooters) May 4, 2017
Chaffetz: Can't gotta vote
Bae: Theres an unwed minority woman giving birth here and she doesn't know how she'll pay for it pic.twitter.com/eaaPW1aIgS
GOP: Come over.— TAKES, SERVED HOT (@SwooshMcDuck) May 4, 2017
Chaffetz: Can’t, I’m recovering.
GOP: We have a bill that will kill poor people & children.
There were some “on my way” memes as well.
Jason Chaffetz be like "on my way to steal ur health insurance" https://t.co/ih01lpRazd— Julianne (@joules_k) May 4, 2017
A lot of people picked up on just the glee on his face over this vote.
Find someone who looks at you the way Jason Chaffetz looks at a bill that strips 24 million people of access to healthcare. pic.twitter.com/NLtkZjEgMk— Erin Brr, sir (@erinscafe) May 4, 2017
Chaffetz: Yeah I'm going to miss like four weeks of work bc of surgery— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) May 4, 2017
*chance comes up to strip millions of their healthcare*
Many also noted that Chaffetz was potentially voting to strip away the ability for people to get the same surgery he just had.
with his pre-existing condition https://t.co/XGhyI5N0po— Jill Tatara (@jilltataraworld) May 4, 2017
Jason Chaffetz, fresh from surgery FOR A PREEXISTING CONDITION, en route to sign death warrant for disabled children. pic.twitter.com/kHtrZc3YY7— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 4, 2017
Shout it out: "THIS IS WHAT HYPOCRISY LOOKS LIKE!" https://t.co/MfYNb00pen— Derek Kerton (@derekkerton) May 4, 2017
Good thing his healthcare covered pre existing foot condition https://t.co/4Ho4FVX7ey— Eddie Vale (@evale72) May 4, 2017
Republicans voted to pass the American Healthcare Act today along party lines, and the bill now heads to the Senate.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]