The GOP's Inability to Pass AHCA (Trumpcare) is Indicative of Their Poor Governing Skills

Updated on February 27, 2019
When Trump said everyone would be covered, he literally meant either dead or alive you will be covered.
When Trump said everyone would be covered, he literally meant either dead or alive you will be covered.

Trumpcare failed

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.

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Obamacare is going to be repealed and replaced.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

These three men are the most powerful in the country and could not finalize a replacement for Obamacare.
These three men are the most powerful in the country and could not finalize a replacement for Obamacare.

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
They simply cannot govern.
They simply cannot govern.

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.

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      • Alternative Prime profile image

        Alternative Prime 

        23 months ago from > California

        Nice Fact Based Comments & "Cabinet of CRIMINALs" is Right on TARGET with regard to the "Drumpf Administration", which is essentially an EXTENSION of Putin Power & Control ~ We have entered the most "Vivid NIGHTMARE" imaginable where the "Putin-Poodle" who now TEMPORARILY Occupies OUR White House until REMOVED from this domain, has Overtly VOWED & Already taken action to Decimate Health-Care, Obliterate OUR Environment, Adversely Impact Public Schools & Severely WEAKEN our NATO Allies so Russia can assume Global Dominance ~ And that's just what we know about ~

        Moreover, a Principle Drafter of "Trump-SCARE", the first attempt at STRIPPING Millions of their Essential Health-Care, is Corrupt Republican Tom Price the HHS who according to REPORTs, is under investigation for "STOCK Fraud", believe it or not it's true ~ RUN a Google SEARCH ~ Not to mention the SERIOUS Trouble Drumpf's Son in Law Jarod Kushner seems to be in for "Cavorting with at least one Russian Operative / SPY" that we know of ~

        This whole "Trump Charade of CORRUPTION" is Absolutely INSANE & Hopefully for the sake of Democracy, Trump & his entire "Cesspool of FILTH" which somehow INFILTRTED OUR House like "Flies to a Honey Jar", will soon wind up where they belong, Behing BARs for a very long time ~ Silver Lining ?? The RESISTANCE Continues 2 GAIN Strength & Momentum ~

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        24 months ago

        He has an entire cabinet of criminals and it gets deeper every day. I would not be surprised if he is on meth and shaking like Hitler was by the end of the war. The sick surprise are the Republican Congressmen and Senators who refuse to do their jobs. Just as sick is how well the have exposed their true colors. Does anyone still believe they Represent the little person or the average Joe or Sally? They truly want us to pay full price and work for nothing. They want you to be at the mercy of poverty as they get wealthy. They do not care about anything except their bank accounts. They do not even bother to hide the truth or conn anyone any more. Its in your face and you have to actually be ignorant to the truth. They do not care about National Security, The legal system or if they are nothing but a den of thieves. We have got to find Representation. We have to get rid of these people. We have to ban all foriegn money and conflicts of interest. Its quite clear that even the Democrats at one point were linked to foreign money and quickly realized their mistake.

      • DICESI profile imageAUTHOR


        24 months ago from New York

        I completely agree. It is time for them to come up with an agenda other than obstruction. Thanks for reading.

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        24 months ago from USA

        Republicans are proving that they are the party of NO, of unanswered and empty promises to voters, of elected officials uninterested in the truth, as they'd rather distract and threaten to get to where they want to be. It takes creativity, working together, and willpower to learn how to meet a goal and get people to agree on workable solutions. All Trump and his flying monkeys did was try to rush something through, then ram the bill down people's throats in a "my way or the highway" approach. Steve Bannon is such a zealot, and Trump has the attention span of a red squirrel. Did we really expect success with such a mix? Trump's inability to care about the details will surely hurt him in further endeavors. I like the comment I heard on television about the emperor has always been buck naked. He is not the deal maker he portrayed himself to be!

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        24 months ago from New York

        It was definitely a scare. I pray we get these guys out of office in 2018. The resistance is what is saving this country. Trump supporters are too blinded by his rhetoric that they cannot see he is trying to destroy and is destroying the US. Thanks for reading!

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        24 months ago from New York

        I agree with you. We plan to keep writing about this administration until Trump is impeached. He is unfit to lead.

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        24 months ago

        2018 can't come fast enough. I've had it with this crazy mess. I can't understand how anyone can support them after this. Repeal and replace is what they said and they didn't repeal or replace. I think this is on Trump the most but GOP has seven damn years and nothing at all.

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        Alternative Prime 

        24 months ago from > California

        Nice Article ~ After witnessing the "Trump-SCARE" attempt at SHIFTING BILLIONs of OUR Wealth into the awaiting greedy hands of WALL Street CEO's & the FILTHY Rich which lurk among us, even Poor Gullible "Trump SHEEP" are now realizing the fact that Republicans have always been about PILLAGING "WE the PEOPLE", not RAISING their Minimum Wage, or Enhancing their Benefits etc ~ Americans are FURIOUS ~

        We witnessed "Delusional Donald", CON-Man Republican Paul Ryan & "Shady STOCK Trader" Republican Tom Price, who as REPORTED, is under Investigation for questionable stock trades, do their Very BEST to try to "DECIMATE" Health-Care for approximately 8% of our Populous while another FACTION of the Republican Party, the TEA-Bagger "Freedom Caucus" tried desperately to drag the DEBATE toward utterly "DESTROYING" Health-Care for 8% of Americans which includes "Trump VOTERs" ~ Nothing less than INSANE ~ the DEBATE between CONservative Republicans?? "DESTROY or DECIMATE" Our Health-Care ~ Extremely DARK Times have engulfed us ~

        Thank GOD 4 the RESISTANCE Against Trump which continues to BUILD Momentum, otherwise, 24 MILLION Americans including "Trump SHEEP", would have been STRIPPED of their Health Insurance, Pre-Existing Conditions would have been in Jeopardy, Massive Medicaid CUTs would have been implemented while GARGANTUAN Tax CUTs for the Filthy Rich would have been forged ~ Not to mention, Many if not ALL Health-Care related "Consumer Protections" would have disappeared ~ Until "Delusional Donald Trump" is IMPEACHED along with the EVICTION of Mike Pence & Paul Ryan, the RESISTANCE must continue ~

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        24 months ago

        I think they don't want to govern. They like screaming at Obama and Democrats but have no ideas. It's frustrating that we have to deal with this craziness. I really wish Obama could just come back. We need to mobilize in 2018 and get rid of them all. Great article btw.


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