Trump Tries to Shift Blame to Democrats After GOP’s Repeal-and-Replace Bill Is Pulled From Vote

Paul Ryan
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President Trump shifted blame to Democrats for the failure of the GOP majority to take up legislation to repeal-and-replace Obamacare, predicting that they would come to the table for future legislation when they see that the current health law fails.

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the pending repeal-and-replace legislation from the floor on Friday after it became clear that it did not have enough Republican support to move it forward. No Democrats were expected to vote for the bill, and were not involved in the process of crafting the legislation.

“We were very close,” Trump told reporters from the Oval Office. “The best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode.”

He suggested that more Democrats would be willing to negotiate as the current law falters.

In election cycle after election cycle, Republicans have vowed to repeal Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, and Trump campaigned on a promise to seek and sign legislation that would offer lower-cost insurance for better coverage.

But the legislation that he and House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed proved problematic even to their party’s caucus, particularly after a Congressional Budget Office report that 24 million people would lose coverage over the next decade. Efforts to add provisions to please more conservatives seemed to only lose support among more moderate members. Ultimately, Trump said, they fell about 10 to 15 House Republicans short of reaching the 216 needed to pass the repeal-and-replace legislation.

After the defeat, Speaker Paul Ryan said that the failure was a “setback, no two ways about it.”

“I wish we had the consensus we needed to bring a bill to the floor to replace it,” Ryan said. “We needed 216 people. We were close. But we didn’t have 216 people.”

He said that “Obamacare is the law of the land” and that “we are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” He continued to insist that the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, would not survive in its current form.

He also suggested that one of the problems was in timing and governance, as the Republicans find themselves in control of Congress and the White House.

“Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains,” Ryan said. “And we’re feeling those growing pains today. We came really close today, but we came up short. I spoke to the President just a little while ago and I told him the best thing to do was to pull this bill and he agreed with that.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that the decision to pull the bill was “pretty exciting for us” and called it a “victory.”

Trump said that they would now move on to tax reform. Ryan said that the failure of the healthcare bill would make GOP plans to do tax reform “more difficult, but not impossible.”

Trump said that “someday in the not too distant future” there would be new health reform legislation that draws bipartisan support.

Hillary Clinton, who during the presidential campaign said that she would work to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act, called the defeat of the GOP legislation “a victory for anyone who believes affordable health care is a human right.”

“We cannot forget: This victory happened because people in every corner of our country committed their time and energy to calling their representatives, showing up at town hall meetings, and making their voices heard.”

Democrats also pushed back on Trump’s contention that Obamacare was imploding. They cited reports from and PolitiFact that while there are troubles in some of the insurance exchanges, the markets have stabilized.

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  1. Kaboom! says:

    no matter what Trump does, nothing can be worse than Obama, the liar-racist-hated by all-fool.

  2. pickles says:

    Obama blamed the republicans for every bill that wasn’t passed. It’s the same ole game all the time in politics.

  3. Jay says:

    He has a majority in the House. All he needed was for his party to support him. He did not even ask for support from the Democrats. YET, in his alternate universe, filled with alternate facts, he blames them. I guess he learned that being a leader is more than “acting” Presidential, it means you have to really lead, and BE President…not a slick deal maker, who can’t even convince his own to follow him. SAD!!

  4. heyitsron says:

    Did Janeway take his name from these people? St Paul and the Broken Bones? Now, Janeway’s got the music, really got the music, but these people????

  5. Frank says:

    The only people failed were the American citizens that continue to pay the price gouging doctors and hospitals health costs
     scam supported and funded by the insurance industry. 
    Just stop paying and it will disappear. 
    There are new medical programs funded directly with a doctor subscription and association ( Christian family group is one of many) and the costs are 2% of what would have been paid to an insurance co (only supporting their profits and payrolls and real estate investments).  Find the private groups and bankrupt the ripoffs.
    Go ahead keep funding a nurse making 85000 yr plus lifetime pension for putting a bandaid on your kids scrape in 5 minutes. 
    Keep paying 500 dollars for an xray every year that poisons your body. Keep funding 
    the medicine co dosing us with a complex aspirin and charging 100 dollars because it’s named something else.  
    The problem isn’t insurance it’s the obscene ripoff holding people hostage while vets die in the streets. 
    No it’s easier to attack trump. For trying. 
    Dump all over him where is that getting you cheaper doctors????? Stupid idiots.   

  6. A house divided can not stand,even for a man born in the winners circle. Trump continues to amaze as he slugs along with enemies and detractors at every turn. You can’t not love that. :)

    • The Truth says:

      There’s nothing to love about Trump. He’s a fake patriot, draft dodging bullshitter who doesn’t have a clue how to govern effectively. Let’s hope he’s right, however, that in the future there will be bipartisan support for a bill that fixes what’s not working well under Obamacare without screwing our poor and aging citizens. But as long as health insurance remains a profit-driven enterprise, there will be built-in conflicts of interest regarding the provision of affordable healthcare for all Americans. Let’s build the world’s best single payer system.

  7. Smith Cassidy says:

    The Art of the Failed Deal from the Loser in Chief.

  8. Michelle says:

    Work on fixing Obamacare, not stripping everyone of healthcare. And here’s a thought; have the Democrats involved in crafting the changes. Putting some sloppy, ungodly legislation together and expect the American people to choke on it and like it; didn’t happen.

    Not only would 24 million people lose coverage, but the bill was allowing insurers to sell extremely skimpy plans that don’t cover benefits such as maternity care, prescription drugs, or even hospitalization.

  9. cadavra says:

    In a related story, Trump also blamed the Democrats for Pearl Harbor, the Chicago Fire and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

  10. T.R. Lavelle says:

    Law of the land
    and it only took 8 years for them to finally accept that

  11. Best news I’ve heard all month.

  12. Alex says:

    When Obamacare collapses then who’s fault is that? Trump didn’t lose, everyone on Obamacare did.

    • Michelle says:

      Hey Alex, the same was said when social security became mandatory and people were forced to pay into it. It took a while before people saw the benefits. Let’s fix Obamacare. Cool?

  13. Bill B. says:


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