Bill Killed: Popular Roar Forces House GOP to Withdraw TrumpCare Vote/Victory for the Resistance
Common Dreams – By Andrea Germanos – Friday, March 24, 2017
Photo: House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.), who reportedly told President Donald Trump on Friday that Republicans do not have the votes to pass the Republican healthcare bill. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)
Update: House Republicans pulled their healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), just before the vote was to take place.
Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California described the bill’s failure as “a victory for the resistance,” while the New York Times writes that it’s “a humiliating defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency.”
The decision to pull the bill followed a meeting at the White House between House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Trump, in which Ryan told the president that there weren’t enough votes for the measure to pass. Ryan said at a press conference Friday that he told the president that the bill should be pulled and that Trump agreed.
As for his party’s failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, he said, “Big things are hard to do.”
According to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) national political director Faiz Shakir, the outcome showed that “[d]emocracy triumphed.”
“The people have spoken and they said ‘no’ to this dangerous agenda. They said ‘no’ to blocking access to Planned Parenthood, ‘no’ to more restrictions on abortion coverage, ‘no’ to slashing Medicaid and forcing people with disabilities into institutions, and ‘no’ to gutting essential health benefits like maternity and mental healthcare,” Shakir said in a press statement.
“It’s clear that millions of Americans have embraced progress and do not want to go back. It’s time for Congress and the Trump administration to move on and focus on ideas that actually improve our lives—not those that target vulnerable communities and roll back essential rights for millions of Americans,” he continued.
Still, Democrats shouldn’t be too quick to pull out the champagne, says the National Nurses United (NNU).
“Instead of enacting a genuine transformation of our flawed healthcare system when Democrats had the White House and bigger majorities in Congress than the Republicans have now, they failed to enact a national system, like an improved Medicare-for-all, that would guarantee healthcare for all Americans, with real patient choice, and effective cost controls,” said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro
“Why the Ryan bill ultimately failed is its premise that throwing more people to the wolves of the healthcare market would undeniably exacerbate the crisis for the people left behind by the gaps in the ACA. And they had to confront a massive rebellion by people in every corner, in every Congressional district across the nation,” she continued.
“What policy makers should do now is learn the lesson that most of the rest of the world has discovered, implement a system based on care, not profits, not corporate insurance. As the town halls and massive protests have made clear, the people are ready for real reform and a change in national priorities that puts our health first, not last,” DeMoro concluded.
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