Washington, D.C., college student Zoey Salsbury has insurance today, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows children to stay on their parents’ health care plan up to age 26.
She said she watched in horror Thursday as House Republicans passed an Obamacare repeal bill called the American Health Care Act, either unaware their legislation would kill people, or simply unsympathetic enough to care.
So, Salsbury set out to make GOP politicians face the consequences of their vote, launching mailmetothegop.com, a website that pledges to send the ashes of your cremated body to a member of Congress, should you die because of the Republican health plan.
The National Funeral Directors Association says it’s illegal to ship cremated remains via any carrier other than the U.S. Postal Service, which put together a helpful guide, including a photo of what your remains might look like:
“Yes, it is real,” Salsbury, a junior at American University, told HuffPost Thursday, shortly after her new website was overwhelmed by traffic and crashed.
“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 GOP bill, which has no chance of passing the Senate, would cast millions off insurance, undermining Obamacare protections for the sick and poor, including those with pre-existing medical conditions. It would keep the popular provision that allows children to remain on parents’ policies until age 26.
Salsbury explained she made MailMeToTheGOP.com on a whim after chatting with some of her friends who would be affected.
“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.”