On Thursday, many Americans watched and waited as the House Republicans passed an appeal for Obamacare, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
One Washington, D.C., college student, Zoey Salsbury decided she would set out to make the GOP face the consequences of their decision.
Salsbury launched a new website called mailmetothegop.com. The website allows you to donate your ashes to be mailed to the member of Congress which you specify.
“Millions of Americans rely on protections and coverage from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Republicans new bill will gut these protections and many will die,” the website reads. “They deserve to know it. Fill out our form and we’ll help you get papers in order to send your ashes to a GOP member of Congress if you pass,” it continues.
The website also has a section for you to explain why the decision of the GOP will kill you, and so far, many people have already explained their reason why.
The new AHCA could potentially kill people by discontinuing their coverage or denying them access to medications, surgeries and other treatments.
“Yes, it is real,” Salsbury, a junior at American University, said on Thursday, not long after the website was crashed from the influx of traffic.
Salsbury still has health insurance under her parents today, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act allowing children to stay under their parents’ health care plan until they reach the age of 26.
While the GOP bill has no chance of passing the senate, if it did it would still keep the popular provision that allows children to remain under their parents’ policies until age 26. However, other regulations would cast millions off of insurance.
The new bill would undermine Obamacare protections for the sick, poor and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
“Many of my friends will die” if this becomes law, she said. “People will literally die, and they don’t see that that’s going to happen.”
The National Funeral Directors Association said it is only legal to ship cremated remains via the U.S. Postal Service, which give you an idea of what the packaging for your remains might look like.
Salsbury said she launched the website on a whim, after discussing the new bill with a few of her friends who could potentially be effected by it.
“It’s really morbid and not fun to talk about,” she added. “But that’s the reality of passing a health care bill like this.”