By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS
Obamacare health care remains the law in the nation after Congressional Republicans failed to put their replacement the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to a vote. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-WI was unable to secure enough votes to pass the GOP replacement bill and pulled the bill on Friday, March 24, 2017, at President Donald Trump’s request. Congressional opposition began after Congressional Republican leadership introduced AHCA on March 6.
The bill had no support from Democrats who opposed a replacement to President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and the AHCA faced opposition from conservative Republicans, the Congressional Freedom Caucus, whose votes were necessary for the bill’s passage. Many moderate Republicans also had reservations about the AHCA. The GOP failed on not only passing the bill, but they failed in delivering a longtime promise to repeal and replace the Democratic bill.
On Friday afternoon around 3 p.m., Ryan called Trump notifying the president that he did not have enough votes to pass the bill and suggested it should be pulled from the scheduled vote. President Trump agreed and asked Ryan to pull the bill. Shortly after, Ryan spoke to the press where he declared, “Obamacare is the law of the land… and we’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” Ryan bluntly said, “I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us.” Ryan praised the president saying, Trump “gave his all in this effort… he’s been really fantastic.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY also commented after the bill was pulled. McConnell expressed, “Obamacare is failing the American people, and I deeply appreciate the efforts of the speaker and the president to keep our promise to repeal and replace it. I share their disappointment that this effort came up short.”
President Trump also spoke to the press after the bill’s demise. The president blamed the lack of bipartisanship, mostly the Democrats for the bill’s failure. President Trump indicated, “We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats.” Trump had promised throughout his campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare. When Congress introduced the bill, he quickly endorsed it.
The President trying to sell the AHCA on March 13 said Obamacare is “the wrong thing to do for the country.” President Trump recounted, “I tell Tom Price and I tell Paul Ryan, I tell every one of them, I say the best thing you can do politically is wait a year because it’s gonna blow itself off the map. But that’s the wrong thing to do for the country. It’s the wrong thing to do for our citizens.”
Source: ABC News Radio Online