Women Flooded Twitter with 'Handmaid's Tale' References in Response to the AHCA

"And you thought 'Handmaid's Tale' was just a fictional story."

On Thursday, the House passed the American Health Care Act (opens in new tab), the Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare. Not only would the new bill dismantle the ACA's popular protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, but under the AHCA, pregnancy, postpartum depression, and rape would all qualify as pre-existing conditions.

As The Huffington Post (opens in new tab) points out, this means that the AHCA (which is still awaiting a vote from the Senate) would leave women especially vulnerable to higher premiums and potential denials of coverage.

This fact wasn't lost on American women, who immediately took to Twitter to point out the chilling similarities between the fears raised by the AHCA and the dystopian world of Hulu's popular adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.