After Trumpcare’s humiliating defeat today, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan conceded that Obamacare will remain in place for some time to come.
“Obamacare will remain the law of the land until it’s replaced,” the Speaker said. “We’re going to be living with ObamaCare for the foreseeable future.”
His comment came shortly after Ryan was forced to abruptly remove the Republican health care plan known as Trumpcare from a planned vote.
Ryan said there will be n changes in Obamacare, and that the current effort to replace it will be tabled for now. He said Republicans will move on to the rest of their “big, ambitious” agenda, which includes tax reform, border security and more resources for the military.
While he was clearly disappointed, Ryan praised Trump for his help to pass the bill, which divided the Republican party as well as the nation. “He did everything he possibly could to help,” said Ryan.
“Still,” added Ryan, “we have to do better and we will.”
Trump and the Republican Congressional leadership had spent weeks trying to round up support for the replacement health care law for a vote originally scheduled yesterday. That was put off when it was clear Ryan did not have the votes needed to pass the bill.
Today, it appears support eroded even more. That is why, at the last minute, Ryan and Trump gave up.
While Ryan is bravely saying the Republicans will now proceed with the rest of their agenda, the health care fiasco is a huge blow to their power, prestige, and efforts to build momentum.
This high-profile miscue shows that by Trump and Ryan ignoring public opinion, refusing to work with the opposition Democrats and fostering fighting within their own party, the Trump administration is off on the wrong foot. There is no assurance that it is going to get any easier going forward.