House Republicans postponed taking up the American Health Care Act after it became clear that it did not have the votes to pass.
It seems that Jar Jar Ryan’s attempt to cramp ObamaCare Lite down the throats of his colleagues didn’t work yesterday.
Now Trump is pissed off.
I’m not shocked. It’s not like Ryan and The RINOs really wanted to do anything. They were just blustered at Obama for years and playing the partisan game. Now when they have to pony up, they failed miserably.
As of midafternoon Thursday, 37 House Republicans — mainly Freedom Caucus members — had announced their opposition to the bill, known as the American Health Care Act.Trump will also meet Thursday with members of the moderate “Tuesday Group,” Spicer said. On Wednesday, four Republican moderates — Reps. Charlie Dent (Pa.), Frank A. LoBiondo (N.J.), Daniel Donovan (N.Y.) and David Young (Iowa) — announced their opposition, increasing pressure on leaders to win over conservatives.
GOP leaders appeared to be making some headway in bringing the measure to the floor for a vote Thursday. The price for doing so, however, may be striking popular provisions in former president Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act that could make it even more difficult to pass legislation in the Senate. This high-wire balancing act, in which Republicans are catering to conservatives in the House with the knowledge that they still must woo moderates to get legislation to Trump’s desk, could not only reshape the nation’s health-care system but could also have uncertain electoral repercussions for the new majority.
Yet, even with these House obstacles to the bill. The Senate has signaled that the support to pass it isn’t there. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said this, warning his House colleagues to not support a bill that doesn’t have a chance in the Senate. As Guy mentioned before, asking for more time is not really an option since Republicans have had several years to get their replacement plan together. The base would not tolerate a delay on an issue of this magnitude.
We know what we wanted. We know what they promised.
But politics being politics everyone wants THEIR bit, which conflicts with other people’s bits and suddenly the water is muddier than a lake bed in Africa during dry season.
Not that this is a surprise to a cynic like me. Just disappointing.
The Republicans had a chance to show they are the better party, but all they showed is that they are the same party of weak, timid, arrogant, pinheads everyone thought they were.
The only thing you can count on from the Democrats for the next 4 years is “HELL NO! WE WON’T GO!” obstruction. Period. End of story.
So they have to do it themselves and they have about as much unity as a The Bad News Bears at the beginning of the movie and Walter Matthau is dead.
Let the Game of Political Chicken, begin:
Rather than allow negotiations to drag on interminably, there will be a vote. Tomorrow. And the chips will fall as they may. As Cortney reported earlier, President Trump has declared that if recalcitrant House Republicans vote with Nancy Pelosi to kill the American Health Care Act, he will walk away from the issue and allow Obamacare to remain in place. That’s some real hardball, daring Republicans to defy him. House GOP leaders say they’re ready to yank campaign funding away from members who cross Trump’s wishes, then place the blame squarely on the party’s hard-right flank.
That flank being the ones who got him there.
If he walks away from it, it’s over.
This is very high stakes chicken.
But these are politicians he’s playing with, they are ultimately narcissistic power-mad children.
We’ll see what happens…