The debacle of Trump and Ryan being unable to pass their “sicknesscare” bill through a Congress that the GOP controls is diagnostic.
- Trump, the GOP and Ryan all harped for years that a high priority was to repeal and replace ObamaCare with a new improved law. When they had the opportunity they did almost nothing to accomplish that. Obama took years to promote his law and took over a year of negotiation to bring it to fruition. You can argue about the result but Obama delivered on his promise. Trump lied, bigtime.
- Trump is like Hitler, telling the Germans they were winners and could not lose to inferior opposition. Trump could not even win with essentially no opposition in Congress. All he had to do was scrape together 216 representatives who would support the bill. He did nothing to accomplish that, driving wedges in all over the place rather than persuading people to join in the effort. He lost and worse, he caused USA and all those poor dispossessed people, he claimed to represent, to lose too.
- The objective was clear. All he had to do was choose the right path up the mountain. He did not. He chose a route three different factions of the GOP could not accept. It’s very likely that no bill would have pleased 216 republicans. Why didn’t he get the democrats involved? It’s a lot easier to find 216 supporters in 435 representatives than 247 GOPs. He could have developed a single-payer system like Canada has and get all the Dems and the moderate GOPs to support it solving all the problems. He didn’t even get the people informed and supportive of the bill. He couldn’t because the bill was not in the people’s best interest and he knew it. He was not only not a leader but he was a betrayer of the people who elected him, like older white folks whose premiums would have skyrocketed with the passage of this law. The maths would have been simple. Add up all the costs of healthcare, compare it to the revenues of all those damned insurance companies that have been ripping people off for decades, and just deliver on the promises made. Doctors, nurses, technicians and hospitals all get paid and everyone is covered. Done. So easy. Taxes go up a bit but premiums disappear for a net savings to the economy. Let the extremists in the GOP complain. The citizens will love it.
On top of all the other lies, mistakes and bungles Trump will make in the next few years this will lay the groundwork for impeachment just to get him out of the way. I’d bet a majority of the Congress would go for that sooner or later.
There has been some good coverage in media in the last day. See, for instance, “Trump: ‘We Learned a Lot’ From Health Care Debacle”
I think a lot of USAians learned a lot from it too. Obamacare is not as bad as Trump proclaimed and it’s fixable. Millions have seen the benefits and the approval rating of Obamacare is actually above water. USAians will demand it’s repeal and replacement with something better not something dredged up from the swamp. Meanwhile Trump will be lucky to survive the scandals that are emerging like Trump having hired a traitor as security advisor, a guy who was in the pay of the Turks and who may have plotted to abduct a political opponent of Erdogan. USA should have extremely vetted Trump…