Friday, March 24, 2017

D.O.A.

Trump and Ryan decided to pull the plug on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

I have had my criticisms of it because of how expensive insurance is, but it appears all that is needed is to put in cost controls so that the premiums and the deductibles can actually be affordable.

Even many GOPers decided not to support the mess Trump and Ryan were pushing. It was dead for all intents and purposes.

From the article:

As Ryan and his allies scrambled to convince wary colleagues to back their health care plan, they watched as conservative and moderates in their caucus began to declare their opposition. As defections mounted, Ryan traveled to the White House to reveal to Trump his faltering whip count – and to discuss whether to pull the bill. But the administration seemed intent on proceeding as planned.

“We want the vote," a senior administration official said as Ryan made his way up Pennsylvania Avenue. "If they want to go against the president, they should do it on live TV."

Ultimately, though, Ryan prevailed. Moderate Republicans such as Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock and Ohio Rep. David Joyce disclosed their opposition even as Ryan was meeting with Trump. It became clear early Friday afternoon that the bill was poised for defeat, as members on the fence broke against it.

Most Republican officials know they are toast if they had repealed it.

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