Trumpcare is Officially Dead: Now What?

In an embarrassing defeat that anyone with 23 pairs of chromosomes could’ve predicted, Obamacare Lite, Trumpcare, Ryancare, Whocares, is officially dead, and the Democrats are eating it up. And, come on, why wouldn’t they be? They have been on one hell of a losing streak lately, so it must feel good to be on the right side of the debate for once, even if it is for all the wrong reasons. However, not being able to pass up a chance at making complete asses out of themselves, the House Democrats reportedly taunted Republicans as an emergency meeting of the House Republican Caucus was called shortly before the vote was due to take place. Smelling blood in the water, the Democrats shouted, “Vote! Vote! Vote!” as the House went to Recess. So that’s always fun.

But what now?

Well, now, it’s Obamacare’s turn to die, and it’s not going to be pretty. So, go ahead and celebrate while you can, Democrats, because you’re going to receive the blame for the inevitable implosion of the Affordable Care Act. After all, it was built to fail.

But while the Democrats are running around high-fiving each other for something they didn’t even do, Republicans, like Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), are already planning their next moves.

Paul, who was a prominent voice urging House Republicans to vote against passing the American Health Care Act, isn’t willing to accept Trump and Paul Ryan’s “let it die,” attitude. Paul is staying persistent, vowing to continue fighting for a full repeal of Obamacare.

As Paul said Friday night on Fox News:

“I think that President Trump’s been very open too many of our ideas. I just think we didn’t have enough time and we set an artificial deadline and instead of saying we’re going to work until we finally get this. I don’t see a reason why we can’t work next week, the week after, the week after, but we should work on repealing Obamacare and I’m going to continue to be for that as well as replacing it.”

Unfortunately, neither Speaker of the House Paul Ryan nor President Trump seem to share the same enthusiasm as Rand Paul when it comes to repealing Obamacare and would rather leave the bill to die and move on to a tax reform.

Paul Ryan stated, “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” and President Trump is as clear as ever, saying, “The best thing that could happen is exactly what happened — watch.”


Ryan, however, didn’t try and undermine the failure, saying, “I will not sugarcoat this: this is a disappointing day for us.”

So it looks as though Obamacare is here to stay for the time being, and since the “fantastic” duo of Ryan and Trump, who are to be known from now on as Tryan (which is oddly appropriate given the circumstances), don’t seem to be in any hurry to work on another health care bill, it looks like it’s going to be for longer than Trump voters were hoping. Despite Trump reiterating “repeal and replace,” throughout his entire presidential campaign, something that arguably won him the presidency, he now seems to be taking a lackluster approach to issue, which is extremely disappointing, especially to on-the-fence conservatives who weren’t sure about Trump, but wanted Obamacare in the trashcan and saw Trump as the only way to make that happen.

I have a strong feeling that this health care debate isn’t going away anytime soon, and if Trump wants to keep his core supporters satisfied, he’s eventually going to have to deal with the disaster known as Obamacare.

But for now, Trumpcare has struck out. Next up to bat, tax reform.

C’mon Trump! Don’t go 0 for 2!

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