Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trumpcare Dies as Ryan - Trump Give Up

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One of Trump's campaign promises was to "Repeal and Replace" Obamacare, and this week he pushed and pushed for Speaker Paul Ryan and the House of Representatives to get a bill together that the GOP members could get behind. But all they came up with after years of bashing Obamacare was a terrifying mish-mash known as the "American Health Care Act" or "AHCA" or "Trumpcare," a bill that led to grassroots uprisings even among those who voted for Trump.

But there was still a chance that it could pass, since the GOP has a majority in the House.

Instead, as the day went on, it became clear the votes weren't there. Even while spokesman Sean Spicer was announcing that there would be a vote at 3:30 ET, GOP members were announcing that they would vote no. Paul Ryan went to the White House and told the President the votes weren't there, but he ordered them to vote anyway. GOP members did not want to go on the record for such an ill-fashioned draconian bill. Paul Ryan went to the White House again, and this time Trump told him to pull the bill from the floor.

It was a huge failure of the GOP to govern, and especially for Trump, author of "Art of the Deal." It was Bad Day at Black Rock for Paul Ryan, whose career is now in the dumpster, loathed even more by Democrats and the Tea Partiers alike.

It was a sweet victory for Democrats and The Resistance because Obamacare will stay in place for now and President Obama's legacy remains intact.

There's no other way to characterize it. This is a stunning and humiliating defeat for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. And by the time the dust settles, that may be too kind.
~ Dan Rather on Facebook

From UPI
Several Republicans have said the president is finished negotiating on the matter and will now just leave the ACA on the books as the healthcare law of the land.
"The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode," the president continued. "Bad things are going to happen to Obamacare. There's not much you can do to help it.
"It's not a question of, 'gee, I hope it does well.' I would love it to do well. I want great healthcare for the people of this nation. But it can't do well. It's imploding and will soon explode. And it's not going to be pretty."
Trump also chastised the conservative Republicans who would not get on board with the replacement plan.
"We learned a lot about loyalty," he said.


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