It's not unlike the vicious killer in an 80's horror film. Every time the hero thinks they've killed off Trumpcare/monster sits up and resumes slashing health care coverage by 22 million people and gutting medicaid by nearly a trillion dollars.
Tonight, however, it appears that the dreaded bill has once again been deep-sixed and it was done in at the hands of the party that all but ran on the repeal of Obamacare.
The way this breaks down is that the GOP controls al three branches of government. The Presidency, the Congress and the Senate. The Republican health care bill presently sits in the Senate and could be passed even without a single Democrat voting for it as they have a 52 to 48 majority. This means the the bill can only afford to lose two Republican Senators.
But hey! Why the hold up? The Republicans have been waiting seven years to do this right?
As it turns out there are still a few moderates left in the party and it just so happens that Obamacare is working well in their states and their constituency don't want their current health care system repealed.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky (even though he claims he wants it repealed Kentuckians love their Obamacare) have stated they will not be voting for the bill leaving a margin of zero more defectors if they wish to pass Trumpcare.
Tonight they lost the third and the fourth Republican "yes" votes effectively killing the bill.
After Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah made it known they would be voting no it officially killed the Trumpcare monster.
After hearing of the defectors denying him his big win, Trump threw a hissy immediately taking to Twitter to voice his disapproval and what he believes should be the strategy going forward...
Hours after the bills demise Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) officially threw in the towel and declared defeat releasing a statement that the chamber will instead vote to repeal Obamacare and then replace it two years later...
“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful." He continued “a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered healthcare system.”
What Trump and McConnell seem to forget is that, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), if the Republicans simply repealed the ACA without replacing it 32 million people would have their health care stripped away and would double cost of insurance premiums over next decade.
Also, a full repeal of Obamacare would require 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.
Make no mistake, the final outcome of this debate has yet to occur and some of you may remember that it was only a few months ago that a relatively similar version of this bill appeared all but dead in the House only to be revived weeks later when the lower chamber passed a bill similar to the Senate legislation.
So... BOO! Keep looking over your shoulder folks.