President Donald Trump suffered a major defeat after House Republicans were forced to pull their controversial health care bill meant to repeal and replace Obamacare from the floor.
However, staying true to himself, the president doesn’t seem too keen on shouldering the responsibility for this utter failure.
Instead, he is now looking for a scapegoat and his latest target is no one but the Democrats.
The commander-in-chief was on a mission to repeal the Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama’s signature health care initiative that covers 20 million Americans. The new administration’s American Health Care Act, better known as Trumpcare, would have left millions of low -income Americans without insurance.
“We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. With no Democrats on board, we couldn’t quite get there,” he said. “I think the losers are (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi and (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. 100% own it.”
Did Trump really think the Democrats would help him dismantle their own legacy?
Moreover, the arrogant business mogul had no intentions of discussing his bill with the opposition anyways, leave alone winning their votes. He didn’t even think it was necessary to discuss the bill with the Democratic leadership before going forward with it.
Soon after House Speaker Paul Ryan informed his boss their party did not have enough votes to repeal the landmark health care law, the party decided to withdraw the bill because they couldn’t handle a defeat.
“We came really close today but we came up short,” Ryan said.
He added the new developments were “not the end of the story” and immediately turned to other items on the GOP agenda, including tax reforms.
“We have big, ambitious plans to improve people’s lives,” he continued.
Truth be told, if there is anyone to blame for the Obamacare failure, it’s the Republican leadership and Trump administration. The AHCA was a nightmare for women, elderly and the poor. In fact, it only benefitted the rich.
Meanwhile, still reeling from his defeat, d Trump explained, “When you get no votes from the other side ? meaning the Democrats ? it is a very difficult situation.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the unsuccessful GOP health care bill a “victory for the American people.”
“They never reached out to us, they never talked to us, they never said ‘How can we work together to make it better?'” Sen. Chuck Schumer told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
The reaction on Twitter pretty much summed it all up.
the art of the deal: pic.twitter.com/g62GnKxnVD— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) March 24, 2017
"...and he calls himself the ultimate deal maker..." pic.twitter.com/Vre2r0sP3y— AJ LENAR ???? (@AJASONLENAR) March 24, 2017
Paul Ryan currently locked in his office, shrieking "HAVEN'T ANY OF THESE PEOPLE READ THE FOUNTAINHEAD"— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 24, 2017
Today in 2 pics pic.twitter.com/kqGYrvCTLM— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 24, 2017
When you fail because you wrote the paper the night before and didn't read the book but your teacher says you can rewrite it but you don't https://t.co/i1CQn5dmSD— Caro (@socarolinesays) March 24, 2017
Donald Trump right now: "WHERE IS TRUCK?!? I WANT TRUCK! I WANT TRUCK RIGHT NOW!!!! BANNON!! GET TRUCK FOR TRUMP!!!!'— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) March 24, 2017
Hey Republicans, don't worry, that burn is covered under the Affordable Care Act— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 24, 2017
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