“The first thing I’m gonna do when I get to the White House is get rid of the disaster that is Obamacare.”
Anyone who watched even snippets of news during the infamous 2016 election season knows that the previous quote belongs to the then-Presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
For Republicans, this was welcome news. After lambasting Obamacare for the past five years and promising at every election to repeal Obamacare, it appeared that they would finally get their wish of repealing Obamacare when Donald Trump was elected President.
For Democrats, the possible repeal of Obamacare was a disastrous prospect. Obamacare had been a founding part of the 44th President Barack Obama’s legacy, and fellow Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi, had spent years formulating the healthcare plan.
There was a clear split between the parties over Obamacare, which is why it was initially shocking when Donald Trump, as President, stated that there were “some things good about the [Obamacare] bill.”
In his first few days as President, Trump appeared to change his mind in regard to getting rid of Obamacare completely, stating that he would work to “repeal and replace” it, keeping some parts of Obamacare.
It is probable Trump’s change of heart occurred because of the positive meeting he and Barack Obama had a day after Trump was elected President. But as their relationship turned more and more sour, with issues about Trump’s links to Russia, and more recently, Trump’s unsubstantiated wiretapping claims, Trump seemed to change his mind again, introducing a new healthcare bill on twitter just a few weeks ago.
Upon the new bill’s arrival, reaction was mixed.
House Speaker, Paul Ryan, who was instrumental in the creation of the new healthcare act, (formally known as the American Healthcare Act and dubbed Trumpcare/Ryancare), called the new bill a “Conservative’s wish list.” Ryan stated that the new bill was “monumental” and would be a first step for a series of future Conservative reforms.
Other Republicans, however, were not so pleased with the bill, claiming that the bill did not fully repeal Obamacare and leading some to call it Obamacare 2.0 or Obamacare Lite. A well-known Conservative, Ann Coulter, was displeased with the bill, claiming that while the tax cuts in the bill were great, the rest of the bill did not deal with the main problems of Obamacare, such as loss of jobs and illegal aliens receiving tax credits.
Democrats, too, were very vocal in their criticism of the bill, with many expressing that the bill removed the best parts of Obamacare. They complained that the new bill would leave millions of people uninsured and would increase premiums.
There was obvious trouble for Trump when a significant number of Republicans didn’t back the bill, and it became obvious that there weren’t enough votes for the bill to pass in the House.
It became increasingly clear as the day went on that the bill could not pass, if voted on today. At around 3:45 p.m. today, President Trump pulled the bill.
Since then, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has come out to speak, stating that “Republicans had come up short” and that it was “time to move on.”
This is a significant blow to President Trump. The Conservative Republicans failed to back his new bill, and so did the moderate Republicans. When you can’t get Conservative Republicans and moderate Republicans to support a bill, you are in trouble.
Ironically, President Trump had always promised his supporters that he would win so much that they would be “tired of winning so much.”
Perhaps his supporters are now beginning to wonder when all the “winning” will end?