Trumpcare is Dead. Long Live Obamacare.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and White House press secretary Sean Spicer have repeatedly claimed they would muster enough votes to pass Paul Ryan's Trumpcare bill, but the bill has now been pulled from consideration.

Trump personally broke the news by calling the Washington Post to tell them about it.

“We just pulled it,” President Trump told the Washington Post in a telephone interview.

The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).

The decision means the Affordable Care Act remains in place, at least for now, and a major GOP campaign promise goes unfulfilled.

Does this mean the Washington Post is not fake news?

I digress.

It's still possible the House could continue to pursue this issue, but it seems unlikely. It's not as if the fundamental disagreements that prevented the Republican party from passing their own bill in a chamber they control will vanish. It's not as if Democrats will support any future bill that pays for tax cuts for the rich by taking healthcare away from children and the disabled.

Obamacare will remain the law of the land for now and years into the future, and the longer it remains law the more difficult it will be to repeal it.

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  • muselet

    A hearty round of applause, a deep breath, then back to work come Monday morning because the Rs aren’t going to stop trying to visit horrors upon us all.

    (Sorry to be a killjoy, but the Rs are itching to hurt people and looking for a new way to do so.)


    • Victor the Crab

      Ain’t that the truth. And the Liberally Biased Mainstream Media™ will be more than willing to go along with it because RATINGS!

  • Alti

    Obamacare is an imploding disaster.

    • Ken Kohl

      Not really

      • Alti

        Really. Wait and watch. I’m in AZ. Premiums already went up 116% here this year – that will be every state come October.

        • Victor the Crab

          You’re not a very bright excuse of a human being, retard.

        • Ken Kohl

          So, your premiums +doubled? We live in NY; our premiums decreased ~15% for better coverage. Your forecast is 1) pretty sketchy and 2) all the more reason for single payer…

        • ninjaf

          Are you a 27 year old on the second lowest cost silver plan? Because that is a pretty specific number, and does not take into account any premium subsidies.

          The fact is, the administration’s report shows wide variation for the change in premiums. That variation ranges from a 116 percent average increase for the second lowest-cost silver “benchmark” plan for a 27-year-old in Arizona to a 3 percent average decrease for those plans in Indiana. There’s a mere 2 percent average increase in the swing state of Ohio, but a 53 percent average hike in neighboring Pennsylvania.

          • Alti

   is a liberal hack website with zero credibility – they lie.

          • ninjaf

            That’s true. Facts do tend to have a liberal bias (h/t Rob Cordry/Stephen Colbert for that).

          • Alti

            That’s another lie. How can liberals repeat that lie with a straight face?

          • ninjaf

            If the graph or information contained in the link I provided is untrue, the onus is on you to prove it to be untrue. And FYI, the graph is based on data from HHS, not FactCheck.

            This is how an honest discussion takes place. It is not up to me to continue to try to prove (or disprove) your point for you. I have provided evidence that what you are saying is not true. Please, feel free to provide evidence to the contrary.

            Choose your logical fallacy:
            Burden of proof


            The Texas sharpshooter (your original argument)

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      • Alti

        Obamacare is a steaming pile of crap.

        • Scopedog

          Stop talking about yourself, asshole.

  • I said it in another post but it deserves repeating: Hallelujah!

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  • Badgerite

    Jesus. President Lying Puss is at it again. Apparently the Democrats who do not control the House would not “let them vote”. Okay. And he never said he would repeal and replace in first 64 days. Okay. But, of course, the GOP could hold a vote without any Democratic support since they control the chamber. And yes he did say that. Wankers.

    • ninjaf

      True, he didn’t say within the first 64 days. But he did say “day one” and “immediately.”

      Hmmmm…but we’re just nitpicking, right?

  • Badgerite

    Pretty soon I expect him to start wearing his ‘Commodore’ outfit, with medals and epaulets. He’s certifiable.

  • Badgerite
  • Badgerite

    Thank God. Seriously, they make Scrooge look like Mr. Compassion. “Are there no work houses. Are there no prisons” I especially liked the idea of babies born to mothers who needed Medicaid being asked to take care of themselves while their mothers “get a job”. Wankers.

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    • Aynwrong

      As I said earlier, I really hope that privately this was Ryan’s reaction.

    • Why did he go into politics? And why stay? It’s been a parade of humiliation for him.