As President Trump and Paul Ryan were making the announcements that the bill known as Trumpcare was pulled just moments before a vote, the blame game ensued. With the President blaming Democrats and Congressional Republicans blaming each other.
“We were a 10-year opposition party where being against things was easy to do, now, in three months time, we tried to go to a governing party,” Ryan said. This message was targeted at what is known as the House Liberty Caucus, who were the main objectors on the GOP side of the isle.
It seems the possibility that this was just an atrocious bill never occurred to anyone in leadership. It also appears, at least to me, that the leaders of the GOP in Washington have little to no influence over the majority of their own party. This setting was an episode of House of Cards, a Frank Underwood wet dream, seven years to prepare, a majority in both houses, and the sitting President yet the bill still couldn’t get any traction. Frank would laugh at the ineptitude.
Trump vowed to get rid of Obamacare during the campaign. When he won in November, most felt the likelihood of a replacement was inevitable. For all the reason stated above, this should have been a homerun. Trumpcare should have been the first substantial and possibly the biggest piece of legislation for this President. The result is a President who looked weak, caught off guard and unprepared for the battles of D.C.
Exactly the situation many of us predicted before he was elected.
For the House leadership, I don’t think this bill was really about replacing Obamacare, and Congressman Justin Amash tweeted a similar sentiment. I think this legislation was about thumbing their noses at eight years of Barack Obama and their continuing hatred for him. It was about destroying his legacy and the law that he was proudest of during his tenure. It was about the politics of Obamacare and the politics of repealing it more than it was actually about putting out a better bill.
The bill was always about politics of repealing Obamacare, never about repealing Obamacare. It was destined to fail by a substantial margin.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 25, 2017
That was all apparent in the chaotic and frenzied rush to get Trumpcare passed. This is a draft law which should have been written, negotiated, and decided long before Trump was sworn in, but it wasn’t. Congressional members of the GOP weren’t even allowed to see it initially. The debate was almost nonexistent. It seemed as a king was handing down an edict, and the Congress was merely expected to rubber stamp it, whether they agreed with it or not. A loyalty test as the President eluded to in his press conference.
Obamacare has flaws there is no denying that. The real problem is it never appeared to be the goal of the GOP to solve them honestly. Their solution was simply to create their version of a flawed healthcare system. The outcome was a major train wreck that weakens their credibility and shines a light on real motives.
The new Washington voters were hoping for didn’t happen; winning didn’t happen. We have the same Washington, being led by Republican Party that can’t get its ducks in a row. By a President who doesn’t know how to govern.
This entire debacle was never about doing the right thing; it was about showing power and asserting authority. In the end, we saw neither power or authority, and we definitely didn’t see many do the right thing.
With the election of Trump, Obamacare was put on life support. In the end, it was Trumpcare that was D.O.A.
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