Repeal and Replace? More like Reject and Renege. After seven years of hurling hand grenades at Obamacare from the sidelines, the GOP seems to have forgotten the meaning of the word “compromise” – so it’s really not surprising that they crashed and burned in their first attempt to turn conservative policy into concrete legislation. President Trump and Paul Ryan tried their darndest to get Congress on board with the alternative American Health Care Act, but the numbers just weren’t adding up and the vote was called off. Because a spoonful of delay helps the insurance premiums go down.
Why did this happen, you ask? Well Obamacare 2.0 didn’t sit well with Democrats, split the GOP, was given the thumbs down by the Congressional Budget Office and was eventually killed by the House Freedom Caucus (a committee of super conservative House Republicans). Now Congress is trying to move on as quickly as possible and focus on things that everyone can agree on. Like the federal spending bill. Yup, the thing most likely to shut down the government when no one is able to compromise. No vote of confidence here.
So what does this mean for America’s health? Well Obamacare will be put on life support for now, and you get to keep your coverage. What does this mean for the Trump administration? Well this was the first big legislative test for Trump’s presidency – and he failed bigly. Now everyone is wondering whether Trump has actually read The Art of the Deal. And everyone else is wondering why Republicans can’t seem to get it together despite having control of the White House AND Congress. #NoMoreExcuses. In a nutshell? This has been a tough week for Trump and looks to get tougher. Multiple judges have blocked his second attempt at a travel ban, his bizarre wiretapping claims were debunked by the NSA and FBI, the Russian thing is still ongoing and his Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch just had a difficult confirmation hearing. The struggle is real.
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