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2017: The Aftermath of the Failure of
the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Part 7

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2017-MAR-26: Reactions to the failure of the Trumpcare/Ryancare bills, and the resultant continuation of Obamacare:

Many Republicans were profoundly disappointed at the failure of their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many had considered the termination of Obamacare to be their highest priority. During the Obama administration, Republican Representatives had earlier unsuccessfully launched bills in the House to repeal the ACA many times. They had also voted to defund the ACA or delay implementations of parts of Obamacare, etc. dozens of times. 1,2

During the new Trump administration, the Republicans' replacement act, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), had an approval rating by the public of less than 20%.

If Congress had been able to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the AHCA, major changes would have resulted, including:

  • The termination of health care for tens of millions of U.S. citizens. This would probably caused the deaths of tens or hundreds of thousands of Americans, and not prevented the disability of hundreds of thousands more.

  • A major shift in wealth from the poorest to the most affluent Americans.

  • The defunding of Planned Parenthood, and resultant termination of that agency's contraceptive services. This would have increased the unexpected and unwanted pregnancy rate throughout the U.S., and indirectly increased the number of abortions.

  • Severe damage to the Republican Party's future prospects in Congress.

The AHCA failed for two main reasons: very conservative Republican Representatives objected to the bill because it was too similar to Obamacare. Others were concerned that its very poor support by voters might negatively impact on their re-election chances in 2018 or 2020.

President Trump tweeted a message on the morning of MAR-26, saying:

"Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!

The Freedom Caucus is led by Representative Mike Meadows (R-NC). The group refused to support the American Health Care Act because it still would have left major parts of the Affordable Care Act in place. Also, it did not succeed in creating a market-based health care plan.

The Blaze, a conservative news source, conducted a poll of visitors to its web site. They asked the question:

"Do you agree with Trump that the Freedom Caucus is to blame for the bill's failure?" 3

They offered four options. As of the morning of MAR-27, 2284 persons had voted. Results were:

  • 67% selected "No, conservative principles should never be reneged on."
  • 16% said : "The failure was a group effort."
  • 13% said: "Yes. Republicans need to be united."
  • 2% said: "Maybe the bill wouldn't have failed if Democrats would have supported it." 3

An unidentified Trump administration official allegedly said that Bannon, the White House Chief Strategist:

"... told the president to keep a sh-t list on this. He wants a running tally of [the Republican lawmakers] who want to sink this. ... Not sure if I'd call it an 'enemies list' per se, but I wouldn't want to be on it." 4

David McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth and Heritage, a conservative free-market advocacy group, issued a statement, saying.

"The left wing among House Republicans doesn’t want to compromise or keep their pledge to voters to repeal Obamacare. They’ve rejected deals that would give Americans more choices for cheaper health insurance, and now they won’t even allow states the chance to scale back Obamacare’s costliest regulations."

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Visitors to The Blaze article 5 by Chris Enloe had posted some interesting comments:

  • "MadDeltree" posted:

"Bills like this are reached by consensus and coalition building. It means getting a lot of people only a little happy because compromise is the name of the game. This is why they should focus on repeal first. That was the promise. The voters will hold that promise held if they do that and they are more likely to get a consensus there. All Republican representatives want to be able to at least boast of a promise held in the next election. It’s good for getting reelected. Then you can talk about replace under conditions that are much better for forming a consensus. In general, the smaller the scope, the higher the likelihood of consensus. The more complex, the more difficult."

  • To which "aajaxx" responded:

    "I can’t imagine the turmoil in the insurance market if they repealed without a replacement. Insurers would probably raise their rates 50% just to cover the risk of the unknown."

  • "Daddymac10" posted:

"A choice between accepting ObamaCare or accepting TrumpCare is not a choice because they’re both big government socialized systems. What ever happened to the free-market choice??

  • To which "aajaxx" responded:

"Free market approach only works if you allow hospitals to refuse care for the uninsured, which means they may die in the emergency room. That wouldn’t look to good to people around the world that we are trying to persuade to adopt democracy."

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  • "kobasmom_yahoo_" posted:

"... Trump ... had a responsibility to know what was in the bill ... Yet he said: 'I don’t care about the details…just pass it.' Absolutely not acceptable in a POTUS when talking about almost 1/5th of the nation’s economy. Poor leadership on Ryan AND Trump’s part.

  • "David_the_Red" posted:

    "Soon the country will be entangled in the debt ceiling dance. The dems are gearing up for the mid-terms and their turn out will be motivated. While we are fumbling over ourselves, the cry for single-payer is already gathering steam. If the House is lost, this failure to pass this bill, although not perfect, will be the nadir of traditional health care in this Country. And just who will get the blame????????" 5

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This topic concludes with Part 8, the bill's attempted resurrection, at the next page

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Tessa Berenson, "Reminder: The House Voted to Repeal Obamacare More Than 50 Times," Time Magazine," 2017-MAR-24, at: http://time.com/
  2. Byron York, "No, House Republicans haven't voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare," Washington Examiner, 2014-MAR-15, at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/
  3. Chris Enloe, "Trump lashes out at House Freedom Caucus for ‘saving’ Planned Parenthood, Obamacare," The Blaze, 2017-MAR-26, at: http://www.theblaze.com/
  4. Jennifer Steinhauer & Robert Pear, "As Latest Health Plan Dies, Republicans Can’t Agree on a Culprit," New York Times, 2017-APR-05, at: https://www.nytimes.com/
  5. Chris Enloe, "Report: Steve Bannon told conservatives they had ‘no choice’ during health care bill debate," The Blaze, 2016-MAR-26, at: http://www.theblaze.com/

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Originally posted on: 2017-APR-07
Latest update: 2017-MAY-01
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