“After the bill was pulled (yesterday March 24), President Trump blamed the Democrats for the failure of the American Health Care Act while House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to play down the policy differences within the Republican ranks.” – CBS News.
How could it be their fault? They didn’t get to vote on the bill. There was no vote.
“Ryan suggested the bill be pulled when he knew the conservative Freedom Caucus had not been convinced by additional White House concessions. Still, Mr. Trump said he does not blame the members of the Freedom Caucus.” – CBS News.
“No, I’m not betrayed,” Mr. Trump said. “They’re friends of mine. I’m disappointed because we could have had it.”
“Some conservatives opposed the bill because it didn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare while moderate Republicans say it went too far and could leave 24 million Americans without insurance over the next decade. The president, who acknowledged he didn’t like parts of the American Health Care Act, suggested he is now open to negotiating on reform with the opposition.” – CBS News.
Clearly the blame is on extreme far right conservatives, some of whom hesitate to refer to themselves as Republicans – setting themselves apart from tradition conservative Republicans, further apart from centrist or moderate Republicans. Comparable to the Tea Party, they demand all or nothing – all their way or not at all. They don’t make deals. Normally, they don’t negotiate. When it comes down to people like that, a deal maker like Trump has no chance of success.
Trump had a better chance of appeasing the far right when he first attacked Obamacare…
- Campaign website, March 2016: “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.”
- Campaign website, August 2016: “One of my first acts as President will be to repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare, saving another 2 million American jobs.”
- Rally in Ohio, September 2016: “On my first day I’m going to ask Congress to immediately send me a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
…When he was more focused on repealing it than trying to replace it with something better.
Then on 20 January 2017, Inauguration Day, Trump briefly met with Obama t The White House. It is believed Obama tried to convince Trump to keep certain parts of the Affordable Care Act. Since then, Trump began to retreat from the promise of total repeal. He would save some parts of it, to be merged into a better health care plan – the American Health Care Act. Doing so would cause far right conservatives to further reject such compromises and to further stand against Trump. Doing so at first appeared to gain Trump and that act some support from some centrist or moderate Democrats as well as some centrist or moderate Republicans. Then as the bill for the acts was further developed, Trump tried to appease the far right conservatives. Doing so caused Trump and the bill to lose votes from some centrist or moderate Republicans, and to lose all votes from centrist or moderate Democrats. The far right conservatives were not satisfied enough to vote in favor of the bill. They are most at fault for the failure.
With Election 2012, Republicans gained control of Congress – House and Senate. The power they gained over the Democrats and President Obama’s White House was undermined by far right conservatives – mainly the Tea Party, unwilling to make any deals. The all or nothing mentality of the far right conservatives. Now that Republicans control Congress and The White House, legislative and executive branches of government, the increase in power is undermined by newer or different extreme far right conservatives similar to the Tea Party, such as The Freedom Caucus.
As long as there is division in the Republican Party, there will be no progress – IF the centrist or moderate Democrats continue to stand apart from the centrist or moderate Republicans. IF they can stand together – all centrists or moderates – then they might have enough strength in numbers to prevent the two extremes for far left and far right from blocking any progress. A deal maker like Trump could bring them together, but he must stop trying to appease the far right members of his own party. IF the far right maintains control by blocking everything, then everything Trump tries to accomplish will fail in exactly the same way the American Health Care Act has failed. Trump must not become a puppet of far right puppet masters.
Editorial Article by Jim Lantern
Saturday morning, 25 March 2017
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