Rollinstone: RIP, Trumpcare: How the Health Care Bill Crashed and Burned

Editorial on Rolligstone’s enthusiasm by  PG-SMG     March 24, 2017

Don’t celebrate so fast in the failure of the house republicans replacing ACA as a total loss for this sly administration and holding statements as gospel in the need to repeal ACA before the business of tax reform can take place Rolling stone and those hopeful ACA will stay intact with this administration.

The house and this administration have had months of exchanges, planning and reaching out to the Freedom Caucus to predict the outcome of this dog and pony show and push the idea that tax reform will fail to be effective with ACA in the way.

That cannot be further from the truth, and with the hardliners presenting pieces of new legislation that systematically repeals parts of ACA with earmarks, states like Arkansas will get a big helping of tax breaks, sucking producing states of their federal taxes, while using patronage to get government contracts.

The systematic approach of attacking title 9 protections of sex discrimination is a stepping stone shifting big federal government to big state government cutting out any competition or public interferences in awarding and managing projects with loads of kickbacks.

So the chilling effect on the local economy that deliberately diverts federal money which 80% goes to affluent private companies that can hire below minimum wage business as usual can short change education and exploit the lower middleclass without messy exposure of the private companies.

The same private companies that keep the Oligarchy of state politicians in office living in their ole boys club world, going and playing golf at Donald Trump’s golf courses.

And reality sinks in to all those liberal dreamers that thought this fight was going to be easy, remember this is a bigly administration and if you doubt it; gullible is not a real word, look it up.

Rolling Stone starts their celebration with this cheer:

As Joe Biden might say, this is a big f-cking deal

President Donald Trump, flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, meets with members of the media regarding the health care overhaul bill, Friday, March 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Without so much as a vote, the Republican crusade to repeal and replace Obamacare has failed.

The House was supposed to vote Friday afternoon to advance Trumpcare to the Senate – where its fate was dodgy at best. Instead, at a bit after 3:30, Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump pulled the bill. As Joe Biden might say, this is a big fucking deal.

It’s hard to overstate the magnitude of this defeat. For seven years, almost to the day, the Republican Party has made repealing Obamacare the white whale of its legislative agenda. That hunt ended Friday – the whale in clear sight – without launching a single harpoon.

Like Speaker John Boehner before him, Paul Ryan found he could not bridge the ideological gap between the center and the far right of the GOP House. The first presentation of Trumpcare couldn’t pass, because it was insufficiently hard-hearted for the far-right members of the Freedom Caucus. But as Trump and Ryan kept tweaking the bill to appease those hardliners – including by stripping away the essential benefit guarantees that health insurance plans in American must now cover – the bill lost supporters at the center, including the chair of the House Appropriations Committee. A winning vote count remained elusive – somewhere between a handful and a dozen votes short.

It did not help that Trumpcare polled at 17 percent support nationally. Nor did the updated score from the Congressional Budget Office forecast that the bill would deprive 24 million Americans of insurance coverage, while only saving the federal government $151 billion. (That latter figure was less than half of the initial projected savings of $337 billion.) Nor that, despite Trump’s campaign promises not to touch Medicaid, the bill slashed the program by a quarter: $880 billion over ten years.

Trump had made the House legislation his own from the beginning, calling it “our wonderful new health care bill.” And he put his storied reputation as a dealmaker on the line, twisting arms and issuing ultimatums. He told Republicans this was their only shot – that if they did not pass his bill, they would just have to live with Obamacare. He even called out the Freedom Caucus in a tweet Friday morning, trying to wrong-foot the pro-life caucus with their constituents. He framed a vote against Trumpcare as a vote for Planned Parenthood, warning that the caucus “allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!”

But throughout the negotiations, the president displayed a stunning lack of interest for the underlying policy, and an artless hand in trying to strike a deal. He seemed desperate to pass something, really – anything. The effort came up empty. Paul Ryan reportedly alerted the White House near mid-day that he lacked the votes to carry the day. The president reportedly insisted that House members walk the plank – and stage a vote for the doomed bill anyway. Even former Speaker Newt Gingrich couldn’t refrain from underscoring the idiocy of that plan, tweeting, “Why would you schedule a vote on a bill that is at 17% approval?”

Then, suddenly, the bill was gone. And the House was in recess. And the 20 million Americans who have gained coverage from Obamacare breathed a collective sigh of relief.

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