So far, Trump and the republicans are following perfect form:
House Republicans abandoned their efforts to repeal and partially replace Obamacare after President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan couldn’t wrangle enough votes….
It strikes me that Obama is more capable than Trump and Pelosi is more capable than Ryan; at least when Obama and Pelosi had a majority in both houses of congress, they could ramrod an unpopular bill through.
Why did it fail? I will answer the question with a question: who in the electorate voted for “replace”? The voters for Trump wanted “repeal.” Republicans, when not in power, proposed a repeal bill at least half-a-dozen times. Why not now?
Many republicans in congress wanted either repeal or a different version of replace.
If Trump and Ryan truly wanted a win, they should have called for a straight-up “repeal” vote. The base would have been thrilled; republicans who voted against this would have been kicked out of office in two years; Trump would have delivered what his voters expected.
Instead we get one of the only two allowable outcomes in US politics: business as usual or business worse than usual.
“We’ll end up with a truly great health-care bill after the Obamacare mess explodes,” [Trump] said.
It will implode, but you won’t get “a truly great health-care bill” out of it.
Why do you think you will be in office when it implodes? Why do you think republicans will hold a majority in congress when it implodes? Why do you think republicans in congress will allow it to implode? Why do you think other republicans in congress will want to replace it?
Why do you think those who voted for you want “a truly great health-care bill” at all?