Thursday, March 23, 2017
ART OF THE FAIL: TrumpCare Vote Postponed
Despite Conservatives utter loathing of President Obama's "Affordable Care Act" bill they seemingly dislike the GOP's American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) even more
After the disastrous Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation scoring of the bill concluded that the plan would increase the number of Americans without health coverage by 24 million and increase in premiums for older people with lower incomes the mood of the country seemed to sour on the bill.
And with that so did the Republicans Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan were counting on to pass their signature bill.
That is because the constituents of these politicians let them know, in no uncertain terms, they weren't having it.
That is when the rewrites of the bill began.
The House Freedom Caucus had negotiated with the White House on potentially eliminating provisions requiring coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to remain on a parent’s plan until they’re 26 years old.
This last-minute renegotiation spooked moderate Republicans who then distanced themselves from the bill entirely.
The vote delay is an undeniably huge loss for congressional leaders like Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), as well as for Trump who all ran on "repeal and replace".
Trump even went out and made a direct pitch for the bill in a closed door meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday.
The continued opposition to the bill may be the first signal that Trump’s political capital is as shallow as his intellect and that his vaunted dealmaking skills are merely the stuff of self-grandisement and myth.
That being said, what may drive the final nail into the coffin of the AHCA is that after the House agreed to delay the vote until tomorrow, the Congressional Budget Office released a brand new analysis of the bill, which found the revised bill would save less money than the original but have similar poor outcomes.
FACT CHECK: Only 17 percent of Americans approve of Donald Trump's new health care bill.