It’s finally over folks. Senate Republican leaders who have spent the past god knows how many years attempting to destroy Obamacare have officially pulled the plug on their latest ridiculous ACA replacement plan. They had planned a vote on the measure at the end of the month, but with not enough committed votes they had little choice but to cancel the event that would have been another humiliating spectacle in front of the American public. From the New York Times:
The decision came less than 24 hours after a pivotal Republican senator, Susan Collins of Maine, declared firm opposition to the repeal proposal, all but ensuring that Republican leaders would be short of the votes they needed.
“We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said. “We are not going to be able to do that this week, but it still lies ahead of us, and we haven’t given up on that.”
Mr. McConnell said Republicans would move on to their next big legislative priority: overhauling the tax code, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1986.
The Trump administration has already figured out ways to derail enrollment at the end of the year (slashing the promotional budget for HealthCare.gov by 90 percent for example), but this is a victory for the Democrats and a victory for anyone not immensely wealthy in America.
The victory has been hard fought one, and Americans can breath a sigh of relief that Obamacare is still the law of the land, and the health insurance industry will still be regulated enough to keep it functioning. The GOP’s behavior over President Obama’s signature piece of legislation has been beyond shameful, and they deserve every bit of political blowback they receive. Trump and the GOP has consistently lied about Obamacare and made promises they knew they couldn’t keep. Every replacement plan they have offered has been ridiculed by professional analysts and the health insurance industry itself. They did this knowing their plans were not viable, making their recklessness all the more horrifying. Had any of the replacement plans passed, the insurance markets would have been thrown into chaos and millions of Americans would have lost their health care. The lack of basic human decency and responsibility beggars belief, and it should solidify the obvious fact that Trump and the GOP are not fit to govern.
The Republican’s monumental ACA repeal attempt has been a colossal failure, and the Republicans own every last part of it.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.