Throughout most of Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans blamed his administration and Democrats for the inefficiencies and obstruction in our government. Never mind those accusations were absurd considering the fact that a Democrat was president and for most of Obama’s time in office his party controlled the Senate, too. Republicans, especially those in the House, would often lambast the White House and Senate for nothing getting done — the “Democrat obstruction.” In their minds, controlling two-thirds of our government somehow equated to Democrats having to bend to their will.
It’s a good thing for Republicans that many of their supporters are incredibly naive. So much of this seems like obvious, easy-to-understand common sense, yet tens of millions of conservatives live in a world of cognitive dissonance where they seem to go out of their way to avoid believing in reality.
The failure for Republicans to get Trumpcare passed in the House is extraordinary. This is a party that spent years incessantly repeating the phrase “repeal and replace Obamacare.” I’m willing to bet that every Republican who’s ran for Congress since 2010 has made that promise to their voters.
Yet after all those bold promises, and Donald Trump campaigning on this notion that he was going to provide some amazing health care bill to replace the “disaster of Obamacare,” Republicans couldn’t even get their bill out of the GOP-controlled House.
And that’s key.
We’re not talking about the Senate where Democrats have the power of the filibuster. In the House of Representatives, all it takes is a simple majority — which Republicans have. They didn’t need a single Democrat to vote for Trumpcare for it to pass, but they couldn’t even manage that.
The problem for Republicans isn’t simple, but it’s not overly complex, either.
Donald Trump ran a campaign making bold promises that weren’t obtainable based upon normal GOP propaganda about health care. That alone put the entire party in a no-win situation because many of the non-Republican aspects Trump championed as a candidate aren’t possible based upon what most of the party believes in when it comes to health care.
On the other hand, there are enough moderate Republicans whose careers are on the line if Medicaid gets gutted, premiums skyrocket, and millions of people start losing health insurance. While most folks will accept a benefit without often knowing who gave it to them, it’s not the same when you take it away. Once you take something away from someone, that’s when they tend to notice and want answers as to who took it away and why. Two questions more than just a few congressional Republicans damn sure don’t want to answer.
Then, of course, we have the “Freedom Caucus.” This is made up of a bunch of radicals who want the law repealed in its entirety and a return to the health care “system” we had prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
At the core of this rests the truth that there’s no way for Trump or Republicans to “fix” Obamacare. Well, not unless they want to admit that the only way to do so is with true universal health care. That’s the reason why their “plans” are so terrible; you can’t provide better, more affordable coverage as long as your model is based on a “for-profit” system.
Republicans can keep dancing around that fact all they want, but this is not a debatable issue. As long as health insurance companies and hospitals are playing the bloodsport of viewing human beings as both revenue streams and expenses, human life will always come after profits.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for the GOP’s failure on getting rid of Obamacare. I’m not enjoying this massive humiliation because I want them to succeed. For me this isn’t so much about a particular bill as it is exposing Trump and the Republican Party for the frauds that they are. They have nobody to blame but themselves. Democrats have essentially no power in the House, yet with a clear majority, Republicans couldn’t get this bill passed.
Not only does Trump appear to have almost no power within his own party despite being the “Commander-in-Chief,” but Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, arguably the most influential person in the GOP (and its biggest scumbag), can’t even “corral the cats” to get a simple majority vote.
Trump gave House Republicans an ultimatum, but obviously they couldn’t have cared less. Now possibly the weakest and most disliked new administration in United States history just suffered one of the most embarrassing political defeats we’ve ever seen.
There’s still a long way to go, and Republicans have a dangerous amount of power, but at least we can feel a brief moment of vindication with the failure of Trumpcare proving that Donald Trump and the Republican Party are incompetent, pathological lying con artists.
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