“Obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” he tweeted.
It was a reassuring note after House Speaker Paul Ryan canceled the scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act. It had become apparent that there would not be enough votes in the House to pass it.
“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” Ryan said after pulling the legislation, indicating that for the time being, neither he nor the president would be reintroducing a new bill.
Earlier, reports noted that the president may now shift to tax reform – another major campaign pledge – while allowing Obamacare to implode, which he has long stated is an eventuality.
While Trump’s tweet suggested a bipartisan approach to getting Obamacare repealed at some future point, he and others in his administration laid blame for the law’s failure and the inability to get a reform measure through on Democrats. (RELATED: Read The One Element That Should Be In ANY Obamacare Repeal Is Freedom.)
“I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It is exploding right now. Many states have big problems -- almost all states have big problems,” Trump said Friday after Ryan pulled the bill.
“So Obamacare is exploding. With no Democrat support we couldn't quite get there,” he said. “So what would be really good, with no Democrat support, is if the Democrats, when it explodes -- which it will soon -- if they got together with us and got a real healthcare bill. I would be totally up to do it. And I think that's going to happen. I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because now they own Obamacare. They own it -- 100 percent own it.”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer echoed the president’s view that Democrats, once again, must shoulder the responsibility for Obamacare’s broken promises, including higher monthly premiums, higher deductibles, fewer insurer choices and collapsing Obamacare exchanges.
"The message today that is sent is: Democrats own ObamaCare," Spicer said. "It's a failing system -- skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, and fewer choices. But it's now squarely in the hands of Democrats. They own this,” he told Fox News’ Martha McCallum.
"Ultimately, I think his view on health care is that this is going to collapse on its own," Spicer said, noting that the president was “a bit disappointed” not to have gotten anything through. "Democrats and some of these other members are going to come crawling back at some point."
Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but what’s clear is that Obamacare, in general, remains very unpopular as is.
But it’s Washington, and Trump is dealing with politicians, not businessmen and women. The deal he seeks is with people who are not thinking about profits and who are not worried about their own fates. He is dealing with folks who are far more concerned with polling data, media reports and special interest groups.
Still, given the fact that Trump and Republican leaders ran on (and in large part won on) a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, it’s a near certainty that it gets done at some point, with or without Democratic help, though the latter is the most likely of scenarios. (RELATED: Read Now is not the time for conservatives and Trump supporters to panic over Obamacare repeal and replace.)
So, Americans have every right to expect the GOP and the president to go back to the drawing board, come up with something that most factions of Republican lawmakers and the White House can agree on, and start providing relief to the vast majority of Americans negatively affected by Obamacare.
Trump and his team are right though, in reminding the country that the imposition of Obamacare came compliments of the Democratic Party in the first place. They do indeed “own” the law, which means they also own the damage it has caused and will continue to cause to the health care industry.
One of the bitter ironies of all this is that Democrats claim to want to provide health care for all Americans, but a significant number of insured people still skip care because they can’t afford their high deductibles. Keep up with the latest developments in the healthcare standoff at Conservative.news.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.