In a move that I think absolutely nobody saw coming, the Trump administration has withdrawn their Obamacare replacement. Only a few hours after it went to vote, it was pulled out of consideration.
You can’t see it, but I’m grinning.
Expand a Bit on That?
One of Donald Trump’s major campaign promises was that he was going to repeal Obamacare. The healthcare law, which received significant criticism form Republicans, provided funding and allowed 24 million people to insure themselves. Previously, they had been unable to afford it.
Trump’s replacement bill, nicknamed Trumpcare, was basically a hand wrapped gift to the top 1% of the wealthy. Medicaid would have received a cut to its funding, as well as a switch to block grants. This would mean that it would get rid of open-ended funding, meaning the program as a whole would be a lot smaller.
As the final block in the pyramid, it would have stopped any more states from opting into Medicare at all. That, coming in preparation for a complete phase-out of Medicare. Republicans claimed that people wouldn’t need it anymore as they “see their life circumstances and income change.”
So What’s Happened Now?
For some reason, Trump and his administration have pulled their Obamacare replacement from consideration. In the middle of voting, they basically said, “Whoops, actually!” and pulled it from the voting floor.
As is the norm for Republicans, they blamed the Democrats for this fallback. “We couldn’t get one Democratic vote and we were a little bit shy, very little, but it was still a little bit shy so we pulled it,” said Trump about the retreat.
I am honestly not surprised about this, but oh well.
Trump also mentioned that he wasn’t going to have anybody reintroduce the bill until the opposition was dissolved. Apparently, he thinks that Obamacare is going to “explode” in Democrats’ faces. He says that once that happens, they’ll come running to collaborate on a replacement.