The GOP's Inability to Pass AHCA (Trumpcare) is Indicative of Their Poor Governing Skills
Trumpcare, a.k.a AHCA failed. Trumpcare failed because it was a gravely flawed bill, but, more importantly, the leadership (GOP) and Trump, failed the people. The duration of Trump's involvement in the bill was a record 18 days before he gave up. The ineptness from the GOP was on full display and it is apparent from this failure that GOP cannot govern.
Trumpcare was crafted by Paul Ryan, who is the Speaker of the House, one of the most powerful people in the country. The bill was fundamentally flawed for a multitude of reasons. For example, it would have caused 24 million people to become uninsured within ten years; it forced non-registers to pay a penalty to the insurance company; it increased premiums exponentially; created a huge tax break for the wealthy. While Republicans had campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare, with something better, for seven years, they propose a bill that would have had atrocious effects on their own constituents. They had seven years to come up with a better bill or to fix Obamacare; however, the one bill they pushed was a travesty.
Did you like the Trumpcare bill
Obamacare is going to be repealed and replaced. … You’re going to end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that’s gonna take place immediately after we go in. Okay? Immediately. Fast. Quick.— Donald Trump 2-2016
They could not get the job done
The GOP and Trump blew it
A party that campaigned on repealing Obamacare, who now control both chambers of Congress and the White House, could not come up with a digestible bill after all that noise. Even further egregious Trump and Paul Ryan push the bill, without consensus from the caucuses, demand a vote on it, all within 18 days. After they fail to secure the votes, they have to publicly retract the demand for a vote on the bill. They quit after that. They didn't get the vote; therefore, they decided to give up and move on to something else. Speaker Ryan even conceded that Obamacare is the law of the land.
GOP admit that Obamacare had issues and flaws that need to be fixed. After 18 days they've decided to allow Obamacare implode because they couldn't get enough votes. True leaders don't allow a policy, statute, law, implode because of politics. True leaders, who have been hired to do a job, go back to the drawing board and figure out how to solve problems. True leaders have an agenda, something they want to implement to solve problems. GOP aren't true leaders. They lied to their constituents. They played on their emotions by arguing catastrophe and doom is near if they couldn't get rid of Obamacare. The voters gave them everything they needed to literally repeal and replace Obamacare with nominal or no Democratic support. They blew it! I am glad that they could not repeal and replace Obamacare, but it is frustrating that they gave up without fixing the problems.
Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today because we’ll end up with a truly great health care bill in the future after this mess known as Obamacare explodes."— Donald Trump 3-24-2017
The GOP cannot govern
The truth is, The GOP are only good as an opposition party. They are good at making noise, objecting to President Obama, shutting down the government, and playing on the emotions of the most gullible. They have absolutely no idea what they are doing. When President Obama was leading, we saw true leadership. He didn't push Obamacare in 17 days and then give up when he didn't get the votes. He pushed and advocated it for over a year before it passed. He took every type of abuse because he wanted to ensure people had healthcare. The GOP spent seven years trying to undermine his signature accomplishment, Obamacare (ACA), solely to oppose President Obama. Now it is clear that they never wanted to repeal and replace Obamacare, they just like to make noise.
While I am glad that Trumpcare failed, I feel disdain for the GOP. Obamacare must be fixed, it needs work. We don't have leaders that can deliver that for us. Now they claim to be moving onto tax reform, which is really just tax cuts for the very wealthy, but we can't be convinced they can even do that right. If Trumpcare is a preview of the type of policies they will be proposing then we can be certain nothing, at all, will change for the next four years. Well, at least until 2018 when we can hopefully unseat many of them. However, for now, we are stuck with amateurs who can't figure out what their own agenda is. They will be fighting within the party on figuring out an agenda. They won't get a consensus and will have stalemates. Trump won't be able to do anything because he's solely at GOP mercy now after realizing he has no negotiation skills or policy proposals. We are going to have to accept the realization that GOP simply cannot govern.