House Electrocutes TrumpCare The 13th, Stabs It In Face, Drowns It. FOR NOW.
We're OK. The 13th is a Saturday next month. In October, though...
Poor Donald Trump won't get his dream of dumping tens of millions of people off health insurance, at least not in time for his completely irrelevant/source of deep anxiety 100th day in office. With little ceremony, House GOP leaders decided Thursday night they didn't have the votes for their latest, cruelest version of a bill to repeal and "replace" the Affordable Care Act, so they gave up on a plan to vote on it today. Too bad, so sad, and it looks like the government won't shut down either, at least not for a week. In fact, it's almost as if lawmakers were more intent on passing a short-term bill to fund the government for another week (while they figure out a continuing resolution to last through September) than in shutting everything down over the urgent need to strip people of healthcare. Weird, huh?
The Washington Post's Greg Sargent has this radical explanation of why the latest version of the increasingly badly named "American Health Care Act" didn't get a vote:
A lot of explanations are circulating: A rushed vote would have complicated keeping the government open; Republicans balked at opposition from the powerful AARP; poor messaging and GOP infighting; and so forth.
I’d like to propose another explanation. What if the GOP repeal effort once again failed because the Affordable Care Act has actually helped a lot of people, and this whole process has made that a lot harder for Republicans to deny?
Just a small sample of the great minds weighing in on the issue of the day.
This doesn't at all mean the conservative hardliners won't keep trying to gut the ACA -- they really, really want to repeal it, and won't be happy until the specter of poor people getting at least a minimal amount of health care is finally wiped from the face of the earth. So we can look forward to a lot of new, ever crazier variations of the AHCA to return, like a horror movie monster can never quite die, as long as there's even the slightest chance of the House voting for it. But once the pressure of the imaginary 100-days deadline is off, there's no telling whether Donald Trump will be persuaded to embrace the rotting corpse the Freedom Caucus is so committed to bedding down with, like Miss Emily Grieson, since even though it's never going to take another breath, it's still the thing they love most in this world, and as long as their voters in safely gerrymandered districts keep sending them roses for their efforts.
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