The Healthcare Dilemma

Samantha Rosa, Staff Writer

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On Friday, Republican leaders pulled legislation from the House floor that would have repealed Obamacare. With no votes from Democrats, and factions within the Republican party divided, the GOP bill had no chance. While many ultra-conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus believed the bill left too much of the Affordable Care Act in place, moderates were unwilling to cast their votes with constituents who rely on Obamacare. Both President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, chose to pull the bill rather than watch its loss in the House.

 

Even Ryan, who spearheaded the campaign to repeal the ACA and staunchly advocated for the passage of the bill, admitted the United States “will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

 

While Trump blamed the bills defeat on Democrats, he also told journalists the GOP was ten to fifteen votes short of what they required to pass the bill.

 

Unwilling to take any culpability, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer contended, “The blame falls with President Trump and with the Republicans.”

 

It seems Republicans in Congress are having a harder time finding common ground than they initially thought. At a press conference after the defeat, Ryan confessed, “Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains.”

 

While President Trump asserts, “Obamacare unfortunately will explode,” this statement does not ease the fears for millions of Americans. Families across the United States are still left to wonder if their health coverage will be pulled, or when their premiums will rise next.
With this crushing defeat, however, it seems the people of the United States have no choice but to wait in reluctance for health care issues to be readdressed.

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The Healthcare Dilemma