The Republican plan to replace Obamacare died a painful death on Friday when Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan failed to convince their own party to support the bill. Minutes before the House was set to vote on the legislation, dubbed the American Health Care Act, the bill was pulled.
Ryan is being forced to face the fact that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, at least for now. The speaker conceded this point when he spoke to reporters after the bill was yanked. Ryan lamented that “this is a disappointing day for us” and promised that “the worst is yet to come” on Obamacare. He also said Trump had agreed that the bill should be pulled because it didn’t have enough support to pass.
When reporters continued to press Ryan, he finally admitted the truth:
“We’re gonna be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
The move comes just one day after Trump decided that the best way to garner support for the bill was to go full-on bully. He started with telling Republicans who were refusing to back the plan, “I’m gonna come after you.” When that didn’t work, he announced on Thursday that if they didn’t hold a vote on this bill, there would be no Obamacare repeal while he was in the White House, period.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that under the GOP’s plan, 24 million people would lose their health insurance by 2026 and premiums would soar for the sick and elderly. Sadly, very few conservatives found this to be troubling. Rather many of them were refusing to back the bill because it didn’t go far enough in repealing protections provided by the ACA, including the 10 essential health benefits insurance companies are required to provide and mandates that pre-existing conditions cannot be excluded.
According to Ryan, the only thing left for Republicans to do now that their hail mary move to finally repeal Obamacare after seven years has gone down in flames is “to move on with the rest of our agenda.”
Watch Paul Ryan admit defeat, here:
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