Democrats mocked their Republican colleagues during the vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare by singing “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Goodbye” in the House Chamber. No Democrat voted for the American Health Care Act, which passed, despite 20 Republicans voting against it.
There was some confusion from reporters in Washington, D.C. over whether it was members of the GOP singing the classic Steam song (which is actually titled “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”) or if it was the Democrats. But a U.S. News reporter tweeted that it was “100 no doubt” the Democrats.
Others in Washington also confirmed that it was Democrats chanting the song. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Dan Diamond of Politico that the singing was spontaneous. “Just burst into song,” Pelosi told Diamond, with a smile.
As Nate Silver pointed out, 27 Republicans who voted for the AHCA won their 2016 races by less than 15 percent. Fourteen of the 23 Republicans who represent districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in November also voted for the bill.
Talking Points Memo notes that this was also likely a reference to what Republicans did in 1993 when President Bill Clinton’s 1993 tax bill passed. In that case, the Democrats lost their majorities in the House and Senate a year later. Democrats are clearly hoping that history repeats itself in this case when members of the House are up for re-election in 2018.
Pelosi’s team wrote on Twitter that Republicans will “pay the price” for forcing a vote on the bill.
As for the Republicans, they passed the repeal with just 217 yes votes and 213 no votes. No Democrat voted for the repeal. The bill will still have to pass through the Senate before it even reaches President Donald Trump’s desk.
Even though the bill faces that hurdle, there were reports that Republicans were carting beer into the Capitol.
The song “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” was released in November 1969 and recorded by Steam. It was the group’s only hit single and continues to be played at sports stadiums across the country, not usually during a House vote.
Outside the Capitol, protesters didn’t sing a song. They yelled “Shame! Shame! Shame!” as Republicans got onto buses to celebrate the win at the White House.