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House Delays Obamacare Repeal Vote Because There Still Isn't Enough Support to Pass It

The AHCA will have to wait until tomorrow.

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Repeal and re… TAX REFORM
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The House was supposed to vote on the bill to partially repeal and replace Obamacare today, but now reports say the vote has been delayed. That doesn't mean the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is done for. But its chances have always been dicey, and the last minute delay at least raises the possibility that the bill won't ever clear the House.

Reports surfaced last night saying that House Republicans planned to rewrite the bill overnight and then vote on it today, but so far no new language has been released. And a meeting between President Trump and the House Freedom Caucus, the locus of opposition to the bill, did not produce a deal.

At this point, there's no official word on when, or if, a vote might happen. The White House is suggesting that it is possible we could see a vote as early as tomorrow morning. It's also possible that the GOP health care bill dies before it gets to a vote, and that the party goes back to the drawing board, or moves on to other legislative priorities.

It's as clear as sign as we have seen yet that the bill is in real trouble, and that both GOP leadership and the White House are having trouble making the final sales pitch.

Part of the problem is that appeasing holdouts from one faction can cause yes votes to flip to no in some other faction. It's a tricky balancing act, and it's not clear whether Republicans will ever be able to get it right.

If Republicans had the votes to pass the bill, or some modified version of it, we would either see a vote or some sort of timetable. The fact that we have neither suggests that the votes aren't there, and no one who wants the bill to pass has a good idea how to put them together.

In any case, the GOP repeal plan will have to wait until at least tomorrow, and possibly forever.

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  1. And a meeting between President Trump and the House Freedom Caucus, the locus of opposition to the bill, did not produce a deal.

    Even the great negotiator couldn’t polish that turd?

    Part of the problem is that appeasing holdouts from one faction can cause yes votes to flip to no in some other faction. It’s a tricky balancing act…

    How did the Dems pull it off? Oh, that’s right, they didn’t have the benefit of history, the knowledge of what happens to your seats when you hurriedly pass something that screws over a lot of voters.

    1. John will be along shortly to explain how you don’t understand that humiliating climbdowns are all part of Trump’s brilliant 11-dimensional chess strategy to achieve TOTAL FREEDOM (trademark pending — the Trump Organization).

      1. Not even close. Trump ran against the spineless, gutless do-nothing GOP, remember? This is all on the GOP and Trump’s got nothing to do with it. In fact, this just proves that Trump was right to run against the GOP, they really are do-nothingers. Don’t try pinning the failure to repeal Obamacare on Trump – he said many times during the campaign that Obamacare would be repealed on Day One and he meant it. He never wanted to “replace” Obamacare, just repeal it and be done with it. It’s those nasty Republicans that wanted to replace it, not Trump. And this is the thanks he gets for trying to play nice with them.

        So Trump’s going to have to do what Obama did, rule by executive order. Since the obstructionist Congress won’t do their jobs and pass the legislation he wants, the President’s just going to have to make his own legislation because what else can you do? Not have any legislation at all? That’s absurd.

        But this in no way makes Trump just Obama 2.0, so don’t start that shit – it’s totally different when Trump does it.

        1. Uh trump wanted repeal and replace

          The gop was expecting hillary to win so they wouldnt have to do anything. They didnt want to do anything because they can use its failures for political points

          You can tell by them not having anything and then scrambling

    2. Even the great negotiator couldn’t polish that turd?

      I know, right? Hasn’t he read The Art of the Deal? I’m sure Scott Adams could offer him some tips.

  2. GOP is useless. Eight years of noisy obsession and chest thumping about Obamacare and they don’t even have a Plan A.

  3. The GOP is so stupid. Seriously they always act like the minority party even when they own everything. Just ran through market based reform now that you have the votes, just like Democrats rammed Obamacare through.

    Or you were just completely full of shit when you voted to repeal it half a dozen times

    1. Just ran through market based reform now that you have the votes

      I see no evidence that the GOP leadership has any interest in market oriented reforms. Only “wacko-birds” like Rand Paul and the House Freedom Caucus want market reforms, Paul Ryan sure as fuck doesn’t seem to.

      Or you were just completely full of shit when you voted to repeal it half a dozen times

      Well, yes. Yes they were.

    2. 8 years of not being Obama was very good for fund-raising via lip-flapping, let’s see how 8 years of not being Trump works for them.

  4. The White House is suggesting that it is possible we could see a vote as early as tomorrow morning.

    If they vote on it tomorrow, I’d think it would be at the end of the day. The good old “Friday news dump” scenario.

  5. I would support any Obamacare replacement bill that forced all Americans to purchase a firearm.

  6. The Art of the Fail.

  7. House Delays Obamacare Repeal Vote

    Dun-dun-DUN!

  8. What the hell has a bill got to do with whether or not Obamacare is finito? Why doesn’t Trump just take a page from Obama’s playbook and announce a temporary delay on the implementation of every last jot and tittle of the act until such a time as Hell freezes over? He can do that, right? Or is it just Obama who had the discretion as to which parts he’d implement when?

    1. He can do that, right?

      He’s trying to figure out how to properly implement the Death Squads and the zombie corpse of the GOP has risen from it’s grave to stop him.

  9. good news

  10. If we *must* have “universal health care*, then let’s do it Singapore-style.

    It still has a lot of coercion in it, but it’s a lot better than what we have now

    1. I’m unfamiliar with what Singapore does. I can tell you the Japanese system was terrible (granted, I was a foreigner and got shit care because of that fact). What’s the comparison to say Canada’s system?

  11. What’s the hold up, guys?

    Just pass the damn bill. Any bill.

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