Republican Healthcare Bill Pulled Out 1

Kenny Tran

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his healthcare bill to repeal Obamacare on March 24, 2017. Although Trump threatened House conservatives, saying that they would not have their seats next year if they did not vote for it, he is now pointing fingers at the Democrats.

“We had no Democratic support,” he said. “I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It’s exploding right now.”

Donald Trump also tweeted on March 25, “ObamaCare will explode, and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”

This failure also puts Paul Ryan at a very weak political position, and he also admits that the people will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.

Democrats were very happy about the news.

“In my life, I have never seen an administration as incompetent as the one occupying the White House today,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who often spars with Trump. “Today we’ve learned they can’t count votes and they can’t close a deal. So much for the art of the deal.”

“He couldn’t get enough Republican votes,” Chuck Schumer said. “He never tried to reach out to Democrats in any way. So the blame falls with President Trump and the Republicans.”

Republicans had initially said after their failed health care bill that they will no longer be focusing on health care. Trump had said that the next thing on his list is tax reforms. Yet another health care bill is rumored to be in the works and soon to be revealed. It promises to be more satisfactory to far-right conservatives.

The most influential group that forced the bill to be pulled out was the Freedom Caucus. The Freedom Caucus is a congressional caucus consisting of conservative Republicans members of the United States House of Representatives.  They say that the bill didn’t go far enough to replace Obamacare.

“I promised the people of North Carolina’s 11th District that I would fight for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement with a market-driven approach that brings down costs and provides more choices for the American people,” stated Mark Meadows, chairman of Freedom Caucus.

When Donald Trump and Paul Ryan propose a new version of Trumpcare or a tax reform bill, more news will come out from the Cougar Chronicle.

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