United States: Donald Trump fails once again to repeal Obamacare
United states Donald Trump fails This was one of Donald Trump’s great campaign promises: Obamacare’s repeal. However, it was de facto dead Tuesday, July 18 after several senators of the majority announced their opposition. A scathing failure for the US president, only six months after arriving at the White House. An outright repeal vote will be organized in the coming days but, unless it bounces back, it should fail.
Donald Trump appeared resigned to the blockade of the Republican reform of the health system, stating that the 2010 Democratic law signed by his predecessor, if not dismantled, would end up dying under his own weight anyway. “Let Obamacare collapse, it will be simpler,” he said from the White House. “We will let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats will come to us.”
Plan B torpedoed by Republicans
The US president did not imagine that keeping the Republican promise to repeal the 2010 law would bog down until the summer. In January, he expected a quick repeal. But the plan devised by the majority, halfway between a repeal and a reform, met with the opposition of conservatives and moderates.
On Monday evening, the majority announced a plan B: to vote for an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the senators of the group to oppose what they always promised their constituents. The Congress would then have had two years to concoct a hypothetical reform of health insurance, on new foundations.
But Plan B was torpedoed immediately by three moderate Republicans who represent each of the states where access to care in rural areas is likely to be reduced by a total repeal of Obamacare.
Sabotage to come?
“I did not come to Washington to hurt people,” said Shelley Moore Capito of the very poor state of West Virginia. Despite these defections, the strongman of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, decided to hold a repeal poll “in the very near future”, which would look like a baroud of honor. According to his number two John Cornyn, this procedural vote will take place this week. With 52 members out of 100, the Republican group can only afford two defections.
In reality, Mitch McConnell already sees beyond health. “We are going to deal with tax and infrastructure reform. There is still a lot of work to be done,” he said. And he rejected the idea that the first six months of the year were unsuccessful, stressing that Congress had abrogated several economic and environmental regulations of the Obama era. The record, however, is slim, while the Republicans control all the levers of power.
A “sabotage” for the Democrats
Initially, the Republican Reform Project was not intended to completely repeal the 2010 law, which became a relatively popular law as millions of people benefited from it. The scaffold compromise was judged to be wobbly and unacceptable to both the Conservative wing and the moderate party.
The Obamacare saga illustrates the dysfunctional relationship between the White House and the Congress. The republican billionaire has publicly pressured parliamentarians to get a victory, whatever it is, but without investing in the details of the reform.
His proposal to let Obamacare die is to let the weaknesses
of the private health insurance market increase, putting pressure, he said, on the Democrats to get along with the Republicans to repair the system .
The logic of Donald Trump is all policy: he is convinced that in the face of Obamacare’s problems, voters will sanction the Democrats and not his government.
Democrats, for their part, denounce the future “sabotage” of the health system for electoral purposes. The president, in any case, swore his revenge in the legislative elections of November 2018. “We must elect more Republicans. And we must get those who voted against,” he threatened.