On Friday, Republican leadership decided to pull the highly unpopular American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare/Ryancare, after they realized they did not have the votes necessary to ram it through Congress.
The White House officially confirmed that the bill had been pulled.
This sudden decision comes after weeks of both moderate and highly conservative Congressmen/Senators coming out against the GOP Replacement Plan, most notably Rand Paul, the Freedom Caucus with Congressman Jim Jordan at its head, Ted Cruz, Susan Collins, etc.
But it was more than just Republican politicians who were opposed to the GOP replacement plan: pundits such as Ben Shapiro, Mark Levin, Erick Erickson and Ann Coulter also expressed distaste with the replacement. Conservative media outlets such as the National Review and Breitbart also showed heavy opposition to the new bill.
In a press conference conducted shortly after the bill was pulled, Paul Ryan said, “I’m really proud of the bill that we produced. It would make a dramatic improvement in our healthcare system, and provide relief to those hurting under Obamacare.” Ryan then made the ominous prediction that “the worst is yet to come with Obamacare.”
Ryan then moved on to state that he would like to thank the President and the entire White House team for their efforts; “The President gave his all in this effort. He did everything he possibly could to help people see the opportunity that we have with this bill.”
In her own separate press conference, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi jovially stated, “Today is a great day for our country… What happened on the floor is a victory for the American people.”
In President Trump’s press conference, it seemed as if the bill being pulled was no tremendous loss. He gave Paul Ryan a bevy of compliments, saying that he wanted to “thank Paul Ryan.” and said that Ryan “worked very very hard.” The President then said, “I worked as a team player and really wanted to see [the bill] pass.”
The President made it clear that he is now going to focus on tax reform, and said that he would “have to let Obamacare go its way for a little while,” expressing that he was sure Obamacare would not succeed and would soon “explode.” Such a sentiment is highly reminiscent of some of Trump’s rhetoric from his recent speech at CPAC; “So we’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare. And I’d tell Paul Ryan and all of the folks were working with very hard, Dr. Tom Price, very talented guy, but I’d tell them from a purely political standpoint the best thing we can do is nothing, let it implode, it’s already happening, it’s a disaster. Two years don’t do anything.”
So, what now?
Quite clearly, even though it is subtle, both sides of the coin, President Trump, and Speaker Ryan, are attempting to throw each other under the bus. Ryan attempted to do so by thanking President Trump profusely (and I don’t use that word lightly), for his diligence and intense help with the bill. President Trump, however, thanked Ryan for his hard work on the bill and made it seem as if Paul Ryan was the driving force behind the bill.
Neither parties claimed that this was by any means a bad bill, but considering the intensely visual opposition to it within the GOP, it is not surprising that these two political powerhouses are attempting to maintain their spot as king of the hill.
So now, because of President Trump’s impatience (the political process doesn’t work like his usual business dealings, so there has been an apparent patience curve), President Trump is leaving Obamacare to rot, or so he thinks.
If the GOP thought Trumpcare was political suicide, just wait until they see the full force of the Democratic Party coming at them when Obamacare does fail, and it will.
There will be cries that the GOP did nothing. That they didn’t fix the unfixable problems Obamacare has. That they refused to do any work on health care whatsoever.
Though it could be fixable with a full repeal and replace plan after the fact, the mass hysteria that will occur, both in the population and the markets, once Obamacare does finally breathe its last breath will be immense. And who will people blame? That’s right, the GOP. Who will they vote against in upcoming elections? The GOP. And what does that mean? Democrats get one step closer to once again holding a political monopoly and will finally be able to work on a full-fledged single-payer system.
The Republicans have given the Democrats two immense gifts today. They showed weakness, and they have officially triggered the political landmine that is Obamacare.