What Goes Around Comes Around.
Washington- If the tussle over Affordable Healthcare Act were a game of Blackjack, the cards President Donald Trump held during the game got him busted.
For a man who is renowned for “The Art of Deal Making,”, this time “Mighty Casey” Struck out.
No amount of strong arming or pressuring or ultimatums were strong enough to sway Democrats and a majority of Republicans to bring “Obamacare” to a House Vote – a failure within itself after all of the hoopla over the campaign promise to rid America of the health care boondoggle.
In Blackjack, players win by not busting and having a total higher than the dealer’s.
In this case, the House of Representatives was the dealer.
The Republicans and Democrats in the House were players with stakes along with President Trump but those the others holding cards with largest best and stakes to lose were the American people.
Trump, who often criticized Obama for being inept and not qualified was given an eye opening dose of reality that the job is not as easy as it appears.
The failure of the plan to reach a vote yielded sighs of relief for Democrats and long faces and excuses from Republicans.
Egg on Faces:
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans pulled their health-care bill on Friday as they failed to corral enough support for it, and said they’d move on to other priorities as they saw a major campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare crumble.
“We came up short. I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us. I don’t know what else to say other than Obamacare is the law of the land. It’ll remain law of the land until it’s replaced,” he said. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said during a news conference Friday afternoon, “Today’s a great day for our country,” adding later, “It’s pretty exciting for us.”
New York Senator Chuck Schumer, Pelosi’s counterpart in the Senate, told reporters that President Donald Trump’s efforts to blame Democrats for the failure was “another one of his big tall tales. ”
“He couldn’t get enough Republican votes,” Schumer said. “He never tried to reach out to Democrats in any way. So the blame falls with President Trump and the Republicans.”
The healthcare failure called into question not only Trump’s ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through Congress, but the Republican Party’s capacity to govern effectively.
“We learned a lot about loyalty. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
He also added. “We had no Democrat support,” Trump said. “A lot of people don’t realize how good our bill was… Obamacare is exploding — with no Democratic support we couldn’t quite get there.”
Trump added the real “losers” were Democratic leaders, and not Republican leadership.
History of Affordable Health Care Act-
In March 2010, President Obama fulfilled a promise that Democrats have pursued for nearly a century: making quality, affordable health care available to all Americans. In all, seven presidents pushed for health reform over the years. We have finally made real the principle that every American should have access to quality health care, and no one should go bankrupt just because they get sick — and we’ll never stop fighting to protect that principle.
For decades Democrats have fought for the simple idea that everyone should have some basic security in health care. When President Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, we were finally able to provide that security to America’s seniors. In 1997, Democrats passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which currently covers 8 million kids.
It took nearly a century to extend that basic measure of security to all Americans.In 2010, despite unanimous opposition from Republicans, Democrats were finally able to pass comprehensive health reform into law.According to Democratic Party, under the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million Americans have gained health care coverage and the uninsured rate has been cut almost in half. Among the newly insured are more than 2.3 million young adults who are covered because the Affordable Care Act allows them to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions is now illegal, and nearly 8 in 10 Americans who recently shopped for health insurance in the marketplace could get it for less than $100 per month.
The Affordable Care Act has also allowed states to expand Medicaid to help even more Americans get covered. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, and Medicaid and SCHIP enrollment has risen 26 percent.
The Affordable Care Act also provides tax credits to small businesses to help offset the costs of employee coverage and tax credits to help families pay for insurance. We are also experiencing health care spending growth at its lowest level in 50 years.
Democrats are committed to preserving and protecting the Affordable Care Act and the peace of mind it has brought to millions of Americans, and they will fight all attempts by the Trump administration to repeal the law and take health care away from tens of millions of Americans.
We are proud of this progress we have already made and are will work to extend and preserve it for generations to come.
Republicans call Obamacare a financial “money pit” doomed to fail and have sought to repeal one of the pillar achievements of the Barack Obama Administration. The attack and bad publicity by Trump and others has created a firestorm on Capitol Hill that even has Republicans weeping, gnashing teeth and gnawing at each other’s heels as they attempt to torpedo the plan and come up with an alternative.
Conclusion of the Matter
The politics of doing what you want and “draining the swamp” appears to have hit a snag as the Democrats have rediscovered just how much power they have as the minority party in the House.
Trump bluffed and threw down in his cards…He got “Busted” on this round…while the “Renegade” “Trumped” the “Mogul”. (Obama’s and Trump’s Secret Service code names)
By: Darwin Campbell, Senior Journalist
*Capitol Post and Business Insider contributed to this report.