Trump’s Ridiculous Excuse for Health Care Bill Failure Left Me in Utter Disbelief

It’s no secret that, on Friday, the vote for Trumpcare being pulled was a massive failure for Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Not only did the GOP fail to do (well, kind of) what they’ve spent years promising they were going to do “on Day 1” (even though we’re well past that), but Trump suffered one of the most humiliating political defeats in U.S. history. He had just given members of his party the ultimatum of “get it done or Obamacare stays,” and as Commander-in-Chief this early into an administration, this is the time where he should have more political influence than ever.

Nevertheless, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan failed miserably at effectively leading the GOP-led House of Representatives well enough to pass this bill, and Trump clearly doesn’t have enough political clout or respect within his own party to get a simple majority vote in the House on a bill he backed “100 percent.”

So, who does Trump blame for this colossal failure? Paul Ryan? House Republicans? The media? “FAKE NEWS!”?

Nope — he blamed House Democrats.

I’m not joking.

“We were very close; it was a very, very tight margin,” Trump said. “We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.”

There are many things Trump has said and done that I’ve found completely ridiculous, offensive, disgusting, and flat-out insane. That being said, pound-for-pound, this was one of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever heard from anyone — ever.

Donald Trump is blaming Democrats because they refused to vote for a disastrous health care bill that even a good chunk of his own party didn’t support.

Before I go forward try, if you can, to process that “logic.” A bill rejected by the far-right because it’s not awful enough, and by moderate conservatives because it’s too awful, Trump wanted progressives to support. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that if even moderate conservatives who staunchly oppose Obamacare, let alone universal health care like most Democrats do, think Trumpcare is a terrible bill, you aren’t going to convince even the most conservative progressive to back the damn thing.

If Republicans had a one or two seat advantage in the House, and we were talking about a fairly non-controversial bill, then Trump might have a point. I’m a progressive, but I’d much rather live in a country where Congress writes legislation together, with the goal of true bipartisan support, as opposed to “we have the majority, so we couldn’t care less what you think.” Which is basically what we have now.

Right now, Republicans have a 44 seat advantage (237 to 193) in the House of Representatives — 44! They couldn’t pass this bill despite that large of a majority in the House, but Trump wants to blame Democrats?

Normally a comment this stupid I would chalk up to Trump being so ignorant he doesn’t understand how the House works. But he obviously knows it’s a numbers game centered around a simple majority vote. There’s not a mechanism like we have in the Senate where a filibuster can force a bill to reach 60-votes in order for it to pass. In the House, the majority wins — it’s as simple as that.

Even now, I’m still having trouble processing the fact that he actually had the nerve to say this. I think the saddest part of it all is, millions of his supporters are probably naive enough to agree with him.

“It’s all those damn Democrats’ fault! Trump gave it his best effort!”

Of course I’ve seen and heard more vile, disgusting, outrageous, offensive, boneheaded, and deplorable comments in my life, but when you factor in what Trump said and the context of what he was talking about, this might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard another human being say.

Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know if you agree.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    If Trump really wanted Obamacare light to pass, it was a big defeat for Trump. Otherwise, Ryan takes much of the blame and is subject to being replaced as House Speaker and Obamacare dies a slow death without more subsidies and illegal presidential interventions. Obama is no longer around to do those things so Trump might be right that eventually the choice will be for some other Republican plan or unaffordable Obamacare premiums. My solution would be for the federal government to block grant what it giving to states for Obamacare for the next few years if they want to set up their own plans like the single payer plan Vermont was effectively denied by Obamacare bureaucrats.

    • Blueboyo

      No, this was not “Obamacare light.” This was get rid of any kind of government healthcare assistance program ! Let’s not give any Republican credit for wanting any healthcare program from the government. They hated Obamacare and said it daily, ad nauseum for more than a year preceding its passage 7 years ago – Republicans of every stripe loudly opposed it. You cannot be charitable to a party who has opposed any government program to help “the people” including even Social Security which they have opposed since it was signed into law in 1935, all the way to the Centers For Disease Control and including even the National Parks whose natural resources Republicans want to be allowed to plunder. I will not and you should not, give the Republican party as it is currently constituted credit for ANYTHING which would help the Republic or the people. And as for the premiums of Obamacare, they are no worse than private insurance premiums for many more than half of those covered. The howl against Obamacare premiums are coming from a small number of people who are being asked to bear more of their “share,” of real health insurance, based on their income. So. Ignore them.

      • strayaway

        Republicans who planned to vote against the Republican plan deemed it “Obamacare Light”. Former Wellpoint VP Liz Fowler played a big part in writing the ACA. Is it no wonder insurance companies, trial lawyers, and pharmaceutical companies continue to get rich off of Obamacare. When Vermont tried to enact its own affordable single payer plan, Obamacare bureaucrats required those interest groups their to be allowed in to Vermont’s single payer plan. This is an opportune time for Vermont and other states to set up single payer plans unless Democrats are as dedicated to maintaining the status quo with regards to insurance company profits as Republicans. I haven’t heard one Democratic voice suggesting that Vermont’s single payer plan be enacted. My conclusion is that Democrats would rather fight Trump for 4-8 years than allow single payer plans anywhere next year.