Trumpcare collapses right before the House vote

President Trump and House Republicans retreated and cancelled the vote for the American Health Care Act, or the Trumpcare, on March 24, 2017. This is a major defeat for President Trump and House Republicans who aimed to replace the Obamacare (Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010).

The sprit was high until the last moment. Speaker Ryan said that it was “go time” because Obamacare is collapsing and doing nothing is not a choice. The following is a statement from Speaker Ryan Press Office on March 22, 2017:

Remember: Obamacare is collapsing:

“Obamacare is a collapsing law—double-digit premiums this year, a projection of even higher premium increases next year. Basically forced insurance monopolies—five states, one plan left; a thousand counties, one insurer left. Insurers are pulling out of the marketplace. So the thing’s collapsing. So people are trying to compare what we’re doing with a law that is quickly collapsing, and it’s really kind of a faulty comparison. And what we have long said is we need to repeal and replace this law with patient-centered health care to give people choices. Let people buy what they want to buy, not what the government forces them to buy. I know people on the Left don’t like that, but . . . that’s what we think will save the American health care system—having a patient-centered system with choice and competition.”

Doing nothing is not a choice:

“Doing nothing means the collapse occurs and good people get hurt. Doing nothing means skyrocketing premiums coming up in 2017 and 2018. Doing nothing means more insurance companies pull out and people have nothing. So we just believe we have a moral obligation and a duty now that we’re the governing party to step in front of that collapse—and, by the way, replace it with good reforms that work. These reforms, whenever tested, have worked. So we really believe we’re onto something good here.”

That’s why it’s go time:

“We are in the fourth quarter of the House passing this bill, which is the fourth committee. Now that we’re getting to the fourth committee of a four committee process, that’s when a lot of negotiations really intensify, near the end of the process. And that’s what this is—this is called legislating. . . . What’s important for us is, we have to broker compromises to make sure that we draft legislation that can actually pass. . . .We know we’ll feel good at the end of the day here because members promised that we would repeal and replace this disastrous and collapsing law. And that is what we are intent on doing.”

On the other hand, Jim Messina, an Obama’s help  for Obamacare, wrote this to the Obamacare backers right after the collapse of the Trumpcare :

“The new administration and Speaker Paul Ryan tried to rush through a terrible piece of legislation that the majority of Americans oppose. Their bill would have stripped health care away from millions of Americans and ended Medicaid as we know it. It would have taken us back to the days when insurance companies could choose not to cover essential health benefits like maternity or mental health coverage.

… Today’s a day that reaffirms that when we stand up for what’s right, we can overcome remarkable odds.”

Let’s see where the American Healthcare Act train goes. If you have something to say about the American Healthcare Act, please let your voice be heard.

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