In a series of now-deleted tweets, senior Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald slammed House Republicans for voting for the ObamaCare replacement bill.
The Daily Caller was able to capture the tweets before Eichenwald deleted them and softened his words.
"As one [with a] preexisting condition, I hope every GOPr (sic) who voted 4 Trumpcare sees a family member get long term condition, lose insurance and die," Eichenwald wrote.
Apparently responding to criticism of his initial tweet, Eichenwald continued: "Nobody tell me how to feel knowing if I lose my insurance, I'm dead. I want the GOPrs (sic) who support this to feel the pain in their own families because I want them to be tortured," he said.
At least a dozen of Eichenwald's responses to the House's passage of the American Health Care Act remain on his feed.
As 1 of the millions w/ preexisting condition who will die if I lose my group insurance, rot in hell GOP. If we were fetuses, maybe ud care.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 4, 2017
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 6, 2017
Eichenwald later contacted the reporter who captured his tweets, and sent him a lengthy statement explaining his stance.
He said that under the new law, if he were to lose his job, he would become "uninsurable and die - that is not a maybe or a could-be."
"So if [Republicans] who voted for this want to celebrate and cheer... then it is clear all of you will only face reality when you confront it in your own lives."
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) May 6, 2017
Eichenwald's concerns follow several Democrats who expressed similar fears that Republicans have effectively given lesser-insured Americans a death sentence.
Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) both said that "people are going to die" if President Trump signs the bill:
— New Day (@NewDay) May 5, 2017
Last year, Eichenwald appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and claimed that President Trump was institutionalized in the 1990s, leading to his refusal to release medical records.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), whose son suffers from Down Syndrome, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post saying that her child's preexisting condition was the reason she supported the bill.