Obamacare Is STILL The Law Of The Land; Trump Blames Those Danged Democrats!
Donald Trump missed his calling. Truly. He should have been a standup comedian. The evidence was on full display Friday, immediately after the ‘repeal Obamacare’ debacle.
The repeal failed. It failed so badly that House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill rather than let it come to a humiliating vote. He gave it the axe with Donald Trump’s blessing.
Whose fault is it that the repeal failed — after all these years of obsessive focus on the issue? After the GOP won total control of Congress as well as the Presidency? After the way to a repeal should have been wide open for the majority party?
Trump knew exactly who to blame. He told the nation:
We were very close, it was a very, very tight margin. We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.
So, it was a surprise that Democrats didn’t support the repeal? What about the 34 or so Republicans who publicly announced that they also would not vote for the bill? That’s 14% of GOP Representatives — a pretty hefty defection from the party line.
Furthermore, Trump said:
I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare.
Well, yeah. They’ve always owned Obamacare, from the time they ushered it through Congress and onto President Obama’s desk for his signature. Nancy Pelosi certainly sounded appropriately abashed in her response to Friday’s developments:
Today is a great day for our country. What happened on the floor is a victory for the American people. For our seniors, for people with disabilities, for our children.
And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seemed absolutely humbled and humiliated by the fact that Obamacare will continue to be the law of the land. Schumer said:
The TrumpCare bill failed because of two traits that have plagued the Trump presidency since he took office: incompetence and broken promises. I have never seen an administration as incompetent as the one occupying the White House.
Trump is sure that the Democratic leaders will soon come to him with their tails between their legs, begging for a deal on a new healthcare plan. After all, according to him, Obamacare is going to ‘explode’ at any moment, and then this will happen:
I believe Democrats will come to us and say, ‘Look let’s get together and get a great health care bill or plan that’s really great for the people of our country’ and I think that’s gonna happen.
Because Democratic lawmakers will be so convinced that the great dealmaker — who was unable to close a deal with his own party — can be trusted with the health and wellbeing of their constituents. Because they will have been so impressed that the TrumpCare plan would have left 24 million Americans — especially the poorest among us — uninsured. Because they will have seen that the additional rise in premiums of 15 to 20 percent over the cost of Obamacare would have been such a superior outcome. Because of these factors, they’ll soon be breaking down the doors of the White House, begging for a deal with the man who temporarily resides there.
OR, maybe Chuck Schumer got it right. His reaction to Trump’s prediction was this:
It’s another one of his big tall tales. He couldn’t get enough Republican votes, he never tried to reach out to Democrats in any way. So the blame falls with president trump and with the Republicans …
What we said, we stand by. If they would denounce repeal … then we’ll work with them on improving [ObamaCare] and making it better. But they can’t continue to want to repeal.
But perhaps Trump’s most hilarious response to Friday’s complete Republican meltdown was when he was asked if he felt betrayed by the far right wing of his own party — the nearly three dozen Freedom Caucus members who voted against the repeal. Trump replied:
I’m not betrayed. They’re friends of mine. I’m disappointed. I’m a little surprised, to be honest with you.
Not betrayed. Disappointed. Surprised. Because his ‘friends’ voted against him, but the failure is actually that of the Democrats.
Here’s one last yuck from the great dealmaker, if you can take it. He still thinks he’s a leader. In Trump’s words:
Now we’re gonna go for tax reform. Which I’ve always liked.
Oh, stop, Mr. Trump! You’re killing us.
Feature photo, President Obama, from @JosephSlawinski on Twitter.
— Joseph Slawinski 👣 (@JosephSlawinski) March 24, 2017