Between the horrific chemical attack in Syria and Steve Bannon being ousted from the National Security Council, you may have missed the Trump White House waving the white flag on its second run at destroying Obamacare:
Now, Zombie Trumpcare is staggering back to its grave; House Republicans will spend their vacations being chewed out by constituents who wanted to see Obamacare repealed (and by those that didn’t); the president has once again undermined his reputation as a deal maker; and when GOP lawmakers return to Capitol Hill after Easter, they’ll have one week to avert a government shutdown.
So instead of spending their time avoiding a future humiliation, Republicans wasted over a week revisiting and reliving a previous humiliation. Your taxpayer dollars hard at work.
As I wrote previously, the only healthcare bill capable of coming out of the House will be so cruel and toxic that it will never be able to pass the Senate. And that's exactly what happened:
...the White House reportedly sought to win over the Freedom Caucus by allowing states to opt out of Obamacare’s Essential Health Benefits rule, which requires insurers to cover a set of basic health-care services including maternity care, mental health, and prescription drugs. Additionally, Vice-President Pence led the tea-party hardliners to believe that the new bill would also let states waive Obamacare’s community ratings rule, which bars insurers from charging exorbitant premiums to people with preexisting conditions. Together, these provisions would return many of America’s nonaffluent cancer patients to the pre-Obamacare status quo — leaving them to chose between bankruptcy and death.
There's some true Christian values for you. Meanwhile, there is literally no way the Senate Republicans, who have to answer to every voter in their state, not just a tiny group of hard core Fox News viewers, would touch this. Hell, Trump's White House couldn't even get the (comparatively) moderate members of the Republican House Caucus to sign off on this even more extreme bill so it's not entirely clear why they thought it would work this time around.
Although, this might clear up the mystery:
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
And so we bid a sad farewell to this latest attempt to destroy Obama's legacy out of sheer spite (and justified fear of a single payer nation). The House Freedom Caucus is more emboldened than ever and Trump looks weaker than ever. And after Trump foolishly declared war on the lunatics in the HFC, the chances of a government shutdown are higher than ever.
One is forced to wonder how many times Republicans will smash their head against this particular wall before realizing that their own extremism has made it impossible to repeal and/or replace Obamacare, much less govern? Personally, I'm hoping they keep reminding the country how hopelessly inept they are right up until the midterms.
There are 578 days left to the 2018 elections.
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