After years of repeated promises to rid the American public of the onerous burden of the Affordable Care Act and multiple attempts to gut it, the Republicans best chance to “repeal and replace” has gone down in spectacular flames. The self-professed deal-maker, Donald Trump, was unable to close this one. The “Art of the Deal” is just stick figure refrigerator art.
The Republican party couldn’t scrape together even a simple majority despite owning a 44 seat advantage in the House. 44! How bad does a piece of legislation have to be if it can’t pass with that kind of an advantage? In this case, pretty bad. While moderate Republicans saw the bill as too drastic and detrimental to their constituents, extreme right members didn’t think it was drastic enough. Rock and a hard place. A most baffling aspect in the aftermath of this failure was Emperor Orange’s response:
“We were very close; it was a very, very tight margin. We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.”
Wait, what? The legislation failed because the Democrats wouldn’t vote for it? Wake up Donny! Your own party wouldn’t vote for it! Classic Trump – ever blameless. It’s hard to fathom the contorted logic that lays blame on the Democrats. The ACA was passed in 2010. Republicans have had seven years to construct a viable alternative to what they perceive as an egregious blight on American healthcare. Seven years. Clearly, any blame for failure belongs to the Republican Party. Their political zeal and disdain for Obamacare obviously far exceeded their ability to design the “amazing” and “beautiful” healthcare system Trump so vociferously campaigned on. Perhaps, rather than spending all their past time and effort thinking up various ways of sinking the ACA, they might have been better served expending it on an actual plan. Maybe all they truly cared about was getting rid of it.
Following the bill’s failure the Emperor also said:
“The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is to let Obamacare explode.”
Let it explode. That’s the best thing… politically. Never mind the effect it would have on millions of Americans – loss of their healthcare because after all, that’s less important than the political ramifications. Republicans have been obsessed with destroying Obamacare from the day it was signed into law. Yes, the ACA is flawed but, now having failed to replace it with an even more flawed plan, it apparently makes more sense to them to let it “explode” than attempt to actually fix it. They are so intent on its failure it won’t be surprising to see attempts to pass legislation intended to weaken it. Then, politically safe, they can look you straight in the eye and say, “We told you so. Blame the Democrats.”