Democrats Taunt Republicans With ‘Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye’ During Health Vote



House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke against the Republican health care plan during a news conference at the Capitol on Thursday. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

When it became clear on Thursday that Democrats in the United States House of Representatives could not defeat a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, they turned to a time-honored American tradition: taunting the other side.

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye,” dozens of Democrats sang in unison as the health care bill crossed the 216 votes needed to pass.

[embedded content] U.S. House of Representatives passes American Health Care Act (C-Span) Video by C-Span

What they lacked in originality — the No. 1 song from 1969 by the group Steam is a standard anthem at sporting events — the Democrats made up for in enthusiasm. Their voices echoed throughout the House chamber, loud enough to be heard on a live feed on C-Span and even overpowering some celebrations by Republicans.

Before the vote on Thursday, Democrats warned Republicans that they would pay a steep price in future elections if they followed through with plans to drastically change parts of the health law. “House Republicans are going to tattoo this moral monstrosity to their foreheads, and the American people will hold them accountable,” Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, said on Wednesday.

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