The American Health Care Act
(AHCA) of 2017-MAR, is scrapped.
This topic is continued here from Part 3 at the previous page
2017-MAR-23: President Trump delivers ultimatum/threat (Cont'd):
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), a Freedom Caucus representative, predicted that -- if the bill passes -- that it will cause Trump to be a one-term president. On MAR-21, Kate Bolduan of CNN asked him:
"... when President Trump visited you all, he warned all of you that voting against this could mean some of you could lose your seats, and also that Republicans could lose the majority. Do you believe him?" 1
"We’re afraid he’s a one-term president if this passes. We’re trying to save him.
The phone calls to my office are running 275 against vs. four — only four votes from my constituents are in favor of this [bill]. So ... voting for this is bad today, and it’s gonna be really bad in two or three years when the changes start kickin’ in and health insurance prices start going through the roof." 1
Tabulating the number of phone calls -- pro and con -- to a constituency office may not accurately reflect public opinion. A large number of calls -- pro or con -- might be caused by some group organizing a phone-in campaign.
2017-MAR-24: The AHCA bill -- a.k.a. Trumpcare or Ryancare -- is cancelled:
At a news conference about 4 PM, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that the Republicans were not quite able to obtain enough votes to pass the health care bill as it is written. He said that they had come close but "came up short." He recommended to President Trump that the bill be pulled, and the president agreed.
The bill is now dead in the water, and "Obamacare" remains in effect for the forseeable future.
Issie Lapows, writing for Wired Business, said of the Freedom Caucus -- a group of House Republicans who oppose the bill:
"Trump and Ryan asked this secretive coterie of nearly three dozen congressmen (and yes, they are all men) to vote for a bill that manages a measly 17 percent approval rating [from the public]. President Trump did make some concessions with the far-right wing of the party, agreeing to cut language about so-called 'essential health benefits' like mental health and emergency room coverage. But the bill preserves some pieces of Obamacare, which members of the Freedom Caucus have long promised to repeal. ..."
"Erez Yoeli, a research scientist at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, ... argues that President Trump was in an almost impossible position. He could either [try to] pass the Ryan-designed bill, which overwhelmingly hurts his constituents, or he could risk his reputation as a tough negotiator by continuing to whittle away at the AHCA, trying to appease both moderates and extreme conservatives. In the face of such a dilemma, Yoeli says, Trump has more to gain [by] walking away. That is, as long as he doesn’t ultimately go back on his word to punish Republicans for their inaction by leaving Obamacare in place." 2
The 17% approval rating comes from the Quinnipiac University poll. When asked for their opinion of the proposed legislation:
- 56% disapprove,
- 17% approve, and
- 26% were undecided or refused to answer.
Among Republicans, 41% approve and 24% disapprove.
Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, issued a statement, saying:
"Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative."
Sy Mukherjee, writing for Fortune magazine, said:
"It's not too hard to see the reasoning behind the unpopularity. Trumpcare takes a sledge hammer to the Medicaid program which insures the poorest Americans and replaces Obamacare's subsidies with a tax credit system, a change widely expected to increase financial strains on the sick, elderly, and poor while granting big tax cuts to richer people. It also freezes federal funding for Planned Parenthood. These provisions are overwhelmingly disapproved of by American voters, according to Quinnipiac and other pollsters, and the White House and Congress might still incorporate deeper coverage cuts in order to placate conservatives who don't think the AHCA goes far enough to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
Meanwhile, Obamacare's popularity has been rising amid the prospect of millions losing coverage, even under what they consider an imperfect system. In a recent CNN/ORC poll, more respondents favored the law than opposed it." 6
For once, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) agrees with President Trump; both say the Democrats were primarily responsible for the AHCA bill's failure.
"Democrats should take credit for killing a really, really bad piece of legislation. Poll after poll showed that's exactly what the American people did not want." 3
Sophie Tatum, writing for CNN Politics, said:
"Trump said Democrats should be blamed for whatever happens next on health care."
"The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It is exploding right now. 3
It's not a question of, 'Gee, I hope it does well.' I would love it to do well. I want great healthcare for the people of this nation. But it can't do well. It's imploding and will soon explode. And it's not going to be pretty." 4
"... repeatedly dismissed former President Barack Obama's signature health law, also known as 'Obamacare,' stating that it was 'rammed down everyone's throat'."
Referring to the House Democrats, he said:
"They weren't going to give us a single vote. A lot of people don't realize how good our bill was." 4
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) tweeted to his supporters:
"We heard you on #TrumpCare. We fought for you to #KillTheBill. And we won for you. I'm going back to Cali[fornia]. But ready to #resist more Monday. 5
"We defeated it because we heard the American people, we fought for them and today we won for them. And what we can do next is work with Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act." 3
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] was pleased with the demise of the AHCA bill. She said:
"Today is a great day for our country. It's a victory for the American people. ... This is pretty exciting for us. Yesterday, [was] our anniversary [of the ACA's passage]. Today [is] a victory for the Affordable Care Act [ACA] and, more importantly, the American people. ... Let's just, for a moment, breathe a sigh of relief for the American people that the Affordable Care Act was not repealed." 4
She later tweeted that the timing of the introduction of:
"TrumpCare was about spite. It was brought up because they loved the optics of a vote on ACA's 7th anniversary -- not because it was a good idea." 4
This topic continues with Part 5, at the next page
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Carlos Garcia, "Trump will be a one-term president if health care bill passes, says Freedom Caucus member," The Blaze, 2017-MAR-23, at: http://www.theblaze.com/
- Issie Lapows, "How Trump’s Ultimatum Gambit Sank His Health Care Bill," Wired Business, 2017-MAR-24, at: https://www.wired.com/
- Sophie Tatum, "Bernie Sanders: Dems should get credit for killing AHCA," CNN Politics, 2017-MAR-24, at: http://www.cnn.com/
- Doug G. Ware, et al., "Trump content to 'let Obamacare explode' after AHCA rejected in House," UPI, 2017-MAR-24, at: http://www.upi.com/
- Rep. Eric Swalwell, Tweet, 2017-MAR-24, at: https://twitter.com/
- Sy Mukherjee, "Trumpcare Is Deeply Unpopular Ahead of Its Crucial Congressional Vote," Fortune, 2017-MAR-23, at: http://fortune.com/
Copyright © 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted on: 2017-MAR-25
Author: B.A. Robinson