For those about to troll, Hillary Clinton salutes you.
Defending the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Republican National Committee sent several tweets Wednesday criticizing key senators — plus the Clintons — for their lack of support.
“Our health care system is collapsing, but Democrats refuse to bring anything to the table. Where’s THEIR plan?” @GOP posted Wednesday, showing clips from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former president Bill Clinton acknowledging issues with the health-care system.
The GOP then took a shot at Hillary Clinton, the vanquished 2016 presidential contender.
— GOP (@GOP) July 5, 2017
Hours later, Clinton fired back, tweeting a link to her campaign website, on which she outlined a plan to expand the Affordable Care Act and reduce out-of-pocket health-care and prescription drug costs, among other things.
“Feel free to run w/it,” she offered.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 5, 2017
If the GOP was simply trying to get Clinton to take the bait, it worked.
But the trolling seemed to backfire, based on “the ratio” — with 4,600 comments, and far fewer “likes” and retweets.
The ratio on Clinton's response was far better, with more than 20 times as many “likes” as replies (and quite a few more shares) as the Internet scored the bout via memes and other responses.
“I don't know who's in charge of the GOP Twitter account, but clearly they're no match for Hillary Clinton,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Some commenters, however, criticized Clinton for her role in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack, her email practices and other things.
Some even called her out on her health-care plan — one person arguing on Twitter that it was nothing more than that: a plan.
“Where's draft legislation? We all have these same ideas and plans. They need to be reduced to actual draft legislation that can be scored,” one person responded. “And I mean this of EVERYONE on the Left who is complaining about Trumpcare.”
The Twitter spat came days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried to fast-track a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act ahead of the Fourth of July break, then delayed it when some lawmakers asked for more time to review it.
A final vote is not expected until later this month.
As The Washington Post's Amy Goldstein reported in November:
Clinton strongly favors the Affordable Care Act. She wants to build on it in several ways, however, extending tax credits, making more people eligible for exchanges and Medicare, and tackling prescription drug prices.
Though Trump has broken with conservatives of his own party on many issues, his health-policy positions are largely in line with GOP orthodoxy. He wants to end the Affordable Care Act. He also wants to transform Medicaid into state block grants, create high-risk insurance pools for people who need a lot of medical care and permit insurance to be sold across state lines.
At think tanks and elsewhere, health policy experts have assessed the overall impact of the Clinton and Trump plans on the number of Americans with insurance and on federal spending. While the numbers vary, all conclude that her proposal would increase coverage and his would diminish it. Analyses disagree, though, on the impact of their plans on the federal deficit.