President Donald Trump and his equally inefficient administration failed to deliver their campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but apparently some Republicans were so excited about it that they either didn't realize the travesty that had befallen them or were just too traumatized to gather their bearings after the bill collapsed in the House.
In what could only be described as another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for the Trump administration, the Republicans were forced to pull the American Health Care Act bill after realizing they didn't have enough House votes to pass it.
As Twitter cheered on, the administration suffered a stunning defeat, as for the past six years, one of the main slogans of the GOP had been to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.
As if that was not humiliating enough, a couple of ads started airing during national basketball games to make things even more embarrassing for the Republicans.
The ads, funded by the conservative American Action Network PAC, thanked Republicans for "keeping their promise." In particular, it thanked Republican Rep. David Young (R-Iowa), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) and Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) for their "stellar work" in devising a replacement for ACA.
"Republicans are keeping their promise with a new plan for better health care," said a voiceover, as doctors appeared on screen, smiling to the upbeat music and the imaginary shrieks of millions of poor people losing their health insurance.
“No more big government penalties or job killing mandates!” a narrator in the videos congratulated the viewers. “New tax credits to make insurance cheaper, and real protections for people with preexisting conditions.”
It was awkward, to say the least, since both Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan had been humiliated hours before the ads ran on TV.
The YouTube page of American Action Network still has ads up for Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Rod Blum (R-Iowa).
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Joshua Roberts