trump proves he is a loser in suffering massive healthcare humiliation
"We're going to have great plans. They're going to be much less expensive and they're going to be much better because the Obamacare plan is unaffordable and it's a disaster...but there will be a group of people that is not doing well, that has no money. We cannot let them die in the streets. And we'll work out either through Medicare, which we'll save or something...and I say to Republicans all the time. And by the way I get standing ovations from Republicans, from Republican groups. I got one yesterday. I said we can't let people die in the streets...we're going to take care of them. We're going to take care of them. We have to take care of them. Now, that's not single payer - that's not anything. That's just human decency. And I'll tell you what: Every single time I say that, I say to people in the audience -- I say, so what do you think? They all stand up and give me a standing ovation, OK?!"
-Donald trump, MSNBC Town Hall, Feb. 17th, 2016
The GOP suffered a massive setback today as their long-awaited healthcare reform bill was pulled from the House floor only minutes before a scheduled vote. House Speaker Paul Ryan briefed the POTUS at the White House and alerted him to the fact there were insufficient votes for the AHCA to pass the House - dozens of Republican members defected with Mo Brooks (R-Ala) claiming it to be 'one of the worst bills' he had ever seen.
The loss is a stunning defeat for a party which has spent 7 years lambasting President Obama's signature legislative achievement - a law which has aided 20 million+ secure health insurance and established a comprehensive market for individuals. Despite their ongoing obstruction and harsh rhetoric over the last 7 years, Republicans were unable to agree on much of anything and were forced to pull the bill and blame Democrats for its failure. Critics say it is humiliating and damaging for the GOP as it proves how hollow their fiery rhetoric has been over a period spanning nearly a decade.
President trump has expressed regret to his aides over recent days in regards to his choice of jumping head-first into healthcare reform, at one point claiming "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." He has incurred multiple public humiliations this week and his persona of 'winning' has been severely damaged. With nowhere to turn, the GOP has declared the bill 'dead' and trump - no longer willing to waste political capital - has pledged to pivot to tax reform in the coming days and weeks. Somber and defeated, Paul Ryan faced the media shortly after like a dog with his tail tucked between his legs, stating: "Obamacare is the law of the land....we're going to be living with [it] for the foreseeable future."
Candidate trump told supporters they would win so much they would be sick of winning. Yet, in the first 60+ days of his presidency he has suffered nothing but losses. His travel ban was overturned twice in the court system. The heads of the FBI and NSA publicly debunked his preposterous wiretapping conspiracy in a captivating piece of political theatre, and his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with 'something wonderful' has failed miserably.