By Dani Graham
For seven years Republicans and Conservatives alike have waited for the day that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, would be repealed and replaced with a better option which removed the shackles of government from our healthcare.
Since the passage of Obamacare Republican’s have promised it’s #FullRepeal. During which time then citizen Trump consistently tweeted his disapproval of the bill and from the moment he declared his candidacy Trump made the same promise as Republican lawmakers to fully repeal and replace it.
One election after another Republican’s were voted in on their promise to do just that and when they were finally given the opportunity they blew it.
It’s hard to understand why Republicans with President Trump’s insistence worked so hard to bum-rush the AHCA, aka Trump/Ryan/Rinocare, bill through when it was clear that it is not what the American people wanted. Pushing a bill with an approval rating of 17% is clearly not listening to the will of the people.
This healthcare bill which Trump and Republican’s put together was a blatant attempt to break their long-standing promise to the American people.
During this entire debacle, the Freedom Caucus stood on principle and worked to keep the promises they made to their constituents for which they came under attack by other Republicans and President Trump.
Throughout the week the President used threats and intimidation in an effort to force those opposed to the bill to change their mind. When these strong arm tactic failed to bring about the results he expected he was unable to contain his frustration and walked away from the negotiation table.
Although not in the best interest of the country the President proceeded to take his ball and go home as he then took to twitter to continue his attack on the Freedom Caucus.
Trump demanded a vote on this disastrous bill knowing there were not enough votes to pass it. The demand for a vote followed with a threat that he would move on and leave Obamacare in place if he didn’t get his way.
After news broke that the bill was pulled President Trump in a press conference confirmed that is indeed what he plans to do.
Now that Trumpcare has failed the responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the leader of the Republican party. However, it is safe to say that Trump will never carry that burden.
As of right now, he is holding the Democrats fully responsible for the failure of his bill. Yet stay tuned to his twitter account to see the full extent of who the President will continue to blame for his own failure.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the Freedom Caucus and a handful of others that stood up against insurmountable pressure. The held their ground and won a battle for the American people.
For a man who repeatedly said he would be the “best negotiator” and the “best deal maker” he proved he couldn’t actually close the deal.
Are we tired of winning yet?