Oh hey. So it's been another crazy week in politics and once again we're all left feeling like this...
...or like this...
*Pretending to understand healthcare like...*
So here's the recap.
For the past seven years, Republicans have been promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, waiting for voters to give them a chance.
They were all like "It's cool we gotchu!"
And we were all like...
So now it's 2017 and the Republicans have all the power they've been waiting for!
But as it turns out, they spent all their time complaining and making promises but didn't actually plan a viable alternative solution.
And this week's TECHNICAL CHALLENGE is:
Repeal and replace!
Actually, they're gonna rush it!
But don't worry, they have big plans! It's gonna be terrific! We're gonna WIN BIG!
Republicans have been promising lower premiums, lower deductibles, lower co-payments, lower taxes, lower government expenditure, and more choice. Basically, they have promised us everything AND at lower costs!
If that sounds impossible, it's because it is.
The proposed AHCA does lower taxes (for those making over $200,000 a year) and lowers public expenditure, but fails to deliver everything else that was promised.
It turns out that this bill that Republicans are proposing could leave 24 million more Americans uninsured.
Additionally, this fails to deliver on two of President Trump's biggest campaign promises: "insurance for everybody" and that it would be "much less expensive and much better" than Obamacare.
ICYMI: President Trump actually said "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."
Concerned Americans have been protesting and calling their representatives because many people are scared that the new AHCA might cost them their healthcare. For some people loosing their coverage is a life threatening situation.
And this is causing a lot of Republicans to walk back their support of repeal and replace. Many of them are up for reelection in 2018 and if they leave their constituents without healthcare, they'll likely loose their support and their votes.
House Republicans have been warning the public that they don't have enough votes to pass the AHCA but President Trump was insisting that a vote be held on Friday regardless.
President Trump also issued an ultimatum, stating that if this bill did not pass then Obamacare would stay. Another day, another Trump tantrum.
So Friday arrives and Republicans show up to the House floor with a bill that fails to deliver on their promises, leaves many vulnerable Americans' lives in danger, and doesn't even have enough Republican support to successfully pass the vote.
So of course...
In a surprising move, Republicans abruptly pulled the bill from the House floor just minutes before the scheduled vote. They simply did not have enough support to pass the AHCA.
Trump admitted defeat in a press conference and said “I think we have to let Obamacare go its way,” a surprising move from a man who's made a whole career (and presidency) on touting his negotiation skills and writing The Art of The Deal.
“Doing big things is hard.” - Paul Ryan
And so Obamacare is here to stay and we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief!