Just moments before the “Trumpcare” bill was set to hit the House floor for a vote, coward Republicans were forced to admit defeat in a monumental setback for President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the rest of the Republican Party.
“We just pulled it,” said President Trump to the Washington Post. It appears that Paul Ryan, knowing he didn’t have the votes, ran to the White House and begged President Trump to pull the bill and avoid the public humiliation of a defeat on the floor.
An internal civil war between what few “moderate” Republicans remain and the hardline extremists of the Freedom Caucus doomed what they referred to as “RINOcare” or “Obamacare Lite.”
After spending the past seven years calling for the repeal of Obamacare and spinning apocalyptic doomsday myths about the healthcare bill’s effects, Republicans finally had the chance they dreamed of to repeal the ACA.
Instead, they fell prey to their own extremism and put together an exceptionally unpopular bill, arrogantly trying to sell a program to the American people that would have stripped 24 million of health insurance.
“So much about political power is about perception. And if the perception is that you can’t get your first big initiative done, then that hurts the perceptions down the road about your ability to get other big things done” said Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
This was the first big test for the “united” Republican Party and the Trump Administration, and they could not have handled it any worse. If Republicans can’t agree on an Obamacare replacement, raising the debt ceiling in a few months is going to present yet another catastrophe for this gallery of hypocritical frauds and sadistic ideologues.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.