After seven years of promising repeal, a month of posturing over a bill no one likes, and a day of delays and arm twisting that backfired repeatedly, the White House says Donald Trump is ready to give up trying to repeal Obamacare.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) never had any intention of calling a healthcare vote until he could be assured their legislation would pass. The Speaker knows better than to humiliate his own party’s President by forcing a losing vote on his top priority. But that is the humiliation Trump has demanded, and this evening’s comments indicate it’s all to give his healthcare repeal bill a swift death.
Unable to placate enough Republicans to move the healthcare repeal through the House, Ryan had postponed the vote indefinitely. But today, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Trump was done negotiating and had demanded the House vote tomorrow.
Mulvaney said the president is done with negotiations. Told members this is the deal. Take or leave it.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) March 23, 2017
Mulvaney then clarified that this is not a situation where the President was prepared to take a strike and step back to the plate. Donald Trump is giving up.
Trump will move on & leave Obamacare in place if he doesn't get AHCA vote, per Mulvaney
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) March 23, 2017
For some, the idea that a President would be so quick to abandon his top priority would be a shock. However, this fits the pattern of the businessman America elected. Trump has never been one to roll up his sleeves and turn around a failing business. Rather, the Trump style has been to abandon his businesses at the first sign of failure, leaving behind a string of bankruptcies, embarrassing losses, and broken promises. There was Trump Casino, Trump University, Trump Steaks and Wines, and now, Trumpcare.
If the White House continues on the trajectory it set this evening and allows Obamacare to remain in place, Trump will have kept one campaign promise. The American people are winning again.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com