When the Republican Party decided to sell what little soul it had left to back Donald Trump, they knew what they were getting into. They were embracing a man who built his campaign on bigotry, racism, and bold campaign promises he had no idea if he could actually fulfill. They also knew they were putting their support behind a man who never takes responsibility for his own failures and would gladly throw every single one of them under the bus if he felt doing so benefited his bottom line.
We recently saw a great example of this when Trump and Republicans tried to shove through Trumpcare — yet failed miserably.
Naturally, Trump didn’t take any of the blame for the bill’s failure. He went after everyone from the far-right “Freedom Caucus,” to even Democrats, whining about refusing to vote for a terrible bill that even moderate conservatives didn’t support.
Without a doubt, Trumpcare’s overwhelming failure was one of the most embarrassing moments for any new administration in U.S. history.
While Trump childishly said he would just let “Obamacare explode” following the GOP’s failure to pass Trumpcare, Republicans are still working behind the scenes to “repeal and replace” the health care law like they said they would do “on Day 1” — yet clearly never had any plan on how to actually do that.
Well, a new report by Politico says that having to deal with Trump’s incompetence is pushing the GOP to the verge of a full-on meltdown. According to the website:
A Wednesday evening meeting between top aides to President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders turned heated when the White House officials exhorted Speaker Paul Ryan to show immediate progress on the GOP’s stalled plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The meeting was tense. At one point, according to three sources briefed on the meeting, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus suggested it could be detrimental to Ryan’s speakership if Republicans fail to pass a bill. Others disputed that characterization, saying the comments were not aimed specifically at Ryan but more broadly, as in: All Republican lawmakers’ jobs are in jeopardy if they don’t deliver.
“It was really bad,” said one person familiar with the meeting. “They were in total meltdown, total chaos mode.”
The Politico article also goes on to say that the White House is desperate to show progress on one of Trump’s signature campaign promises and seems to be taking the failures to do so out on House GOP leaders like Ryan.
But the truth is, Trump made bold promises Republicans were never going to be able to deliver on. When he talked about health care during his campaign, he said his plan would provide cheaper, better coverage to more Americans — Trumpcare doesn’t do any of that. In fact, the only way we could fulfill Trump’s promises on health care would be a universal/Medicare-for-all bill that takes the “for-profit” aspect out of health care completely. Of course, Republicans will never support that.
The failures of Trumpcare were very simple:
- It was too radical for moderate conservatives.
- It wasn’t radical enough for far-right conservatives.
Regardless of which “side” of that stance any Republican is on, neither version of Trumpcare, as he promised, would have provided cheaper, better coverage for more Americans. The final version of the bill that ultimately never got voted on would have taken away health care from millions, gutted Medicaid, and drastically increased premiums for most Americans — especially those 50 and older.
Essentially what we’re seeing is a Republican Party that’s quickly spiraling into chaos because the promises Trump made during his campaign aren’t possible. This puts the GOP in the unenviable position of getting pressure from the White House, and millions of conservative voters, to deliver on promises that aren’t feasible — promises that were made by a completely incompetent buffoon who’s going to blame them for his lie.