In the twilight hours of Friday morning, the GOP attempted to get their act together and pass a health care repeal deal. Just as Republicans appeared they were going to pass the ‘skinny’ bill Senator McCain pulled the plug. Bloomberg News reports:
“I regret that our efforts were simply not enough, this time,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor after the vote. “This is clearly a disappointing moment.”
“It’s time to move on,” he added after pulling the bill from the floor.
The decision by McCain to vote no came after weeks of brinkmanship and after his dramatic return from cancer treatment to cast the 50th vote to start the debate on the bill earlier this week. The GOP’s ‘skinny’ repeal bill was defeated 49-51, falling just short of the 50 votes needed to advance it. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski also voted against it.
It wasn’t immediately clear what the next steps would be for the Republicans. The repeal effort had appeared to collapse several times before, only to be revived. And several Republicans pleaded for their colleagues not to give up, even as President Donald Trump blasted the vote.
“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down, As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!” he wrote on Twitter at 2:25 am Washington time.
Speaking on Fox News Friday morning, Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said “it’s a tough day for Republicans,” while insisting party lawmakers will continue their drive to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“We campaigned on this for seven years,” McDaniel said. The vast majority of congressional Republicans supported replacement legislation in votes this year, she said, adding that “we’re not done.”
With the failure of the bill, the President and the GOP have egg on their face. The fact that they had voted to repeal the ACA several times but, when it counted the most, they had no answers.
Now, you can’t put lipstick on a pig and say it’s pretty the truth is the bill was crap from just about every political perspective. The bill did not offer choice and the ability to buy insurance across state lines, it did not protect those with pre-existing conditions, and it had no answers for Medicaid. Plain and simple the bill was crap. Why couldn’t they put a bill together that including all of those things? Good old Partisan politics, as usual, no one wants to give an inch.
How is it you have seven years to put a plan together and when it counts you fail?
The ugly truth is except for a handful of Republicans they have no interest in repealing the ACA (or fixing it). For many of you that’s a good thing but, for many of you, that’s a bad thing and therein lies the problem. As Washington tries to figure out the mess that they created we are all stuck in health care purgatory. Of course, why would they care, they are the only ones that can afford healthcare and don’t have to live by their own rules.