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1819, 24 Mar 17

Obamacare Repeal Dead

Seriously… why even bother supporting national Republicans?

“Hello, Bob,” Trump began. “So, we just pulled it.”

Trump was speaking, of course, of the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, a plan that had been languishing for days amid unrest throughout the party as the president and his allies courted members and pushed for a vote.

Before I could ask a question, Trump plunged into his explanation of the politics of deciding to call off a vote on a bill he had been touting.

Republicans withdrew the American Health Care Act moments before a scheduled vote on March 24, after failing to woo enough lawmakers to support it. Here are the key turning points in their fight to pass the bill. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

The Democrats, he said, were to blame.

“We couldn’t get one Democratic vote, and we were a little bit shy, very little, but it was still a little bit shy, so we pulled it,” Trump said.

There’s a lot of blame to go around. In no particular order, those responsible are:

  • Trump and his supporters. Trump is not a conservative and supported the continuation of some Obamacare provisions like forcing companies to cover preexisting conditions, keeping kids on their parents’ plan until 26, etc. This forced the House to create a bill that pleased nobody.
  • House conservatives who refused to vote for a 90% repeal bill thus leaving all of Obamacare in place. Idiots.
  • Senators Paul and Cruz who agitated the House members in order to build their own egos and national profiles.
  • Speaker Ryan. He has a strong majority and couldn’t get this through his own caucus. He needed to be a Speaker that would crack heads, replace committee chairmen, campaign in his members’ districts, etc. in order to get this done. I think he just doesn’t have enough bully in him to do what needed to be done.
  • And finally, Trump is right. Democrats are also to blame. They don’t give a rip about the people being harmed by Obamacare and didn’t even pretend to work on fixing it. They are willing to sacrifice them on the altar of socialized healthcare. Socialists are always to sacrifice people.

Obama won. Obamacare is here to stay. Our nation is worse off for it.


1819, 24 March 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Socialism is almost impossible to undue once the damage is done.

    That’s what makes it near pure evil.



  2. Le Roi du Nord


    A republican is president.

    The house is controlled by republicans.

    The senate is controlled by republicans.

    The house and senate have been republican for the past 6+ years.

    Yet those same republicans can’t come up with a workable replacement for the ACA.  And you want to blame the Democrats.  Denial of the republican failure?  Willful ignorance?  Or just ideology.

    What is amusing is that trump, ryan et al obviously failed on the big promise that got trump elected.  And by not holding a vote and showing who sat where on the issue, the true cowardice of Congress was showcased for all to see.  Truly hysterical.


  3. Jason

    Fact, you’re a troll through and throughave. Can’t answer the tough questions but rather cherry pick your way through life, from your mom’s basement. You are deplorable.

  4. Le Roi du Nord


    You are just jealous that you can’t come up with an original thought, nor type a coherent sentence.  If you can deny anything I stated above, have at it.


    “Socialism is almost impossible to undue once the damage is done”.   Most of eastern Europe will dispute that claim.

  5. Jason

    >You are just jealous that you can’t come up with an original thought, nor type a coherent sentence.

    Says the loser trolling a blog.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann


    Europe likes to wade in its socialist muck, that’s why it is a very dysfunctional place to live.

  7. Le Roi du Nord


    “loser”.  Looks like your hero trump and his pal ryan were the losers.  Or are you an advocate of alternative facts?


    You will have to define “dysfunctional” , as the traditional definition found in my Webster’s doesn’t match up with the reality of modern eastern Europe.  You can use the present Congress and WH as a benchmark for the traditional idea of dysfunctional.

  8. Kevin Scheunemann


    Unlike Germany, WH does not allow Muslim rapists into their country to rape the women without consequence….dysfunctional. Shall we move to current Muslim terrorist killing fields in Paris?

    Oh yeah… You have some Trump locker room talk from 10 years ago to claim Trump is dysfunctional….big deal next to socialist evil in Europe.

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