The fat fraud who conned his way into the White House received a hard lesson today in how Washington, DC, works, and does not work.
Muscling congressmen, even of his own party, is a lot different than muscling the subcontractors, workers, lenders and TV whores he rolled over on his way to wealth and celebrity.
The House of Representatives said “No” to the deal he tried to fashion on a so-called health care bill. Even though Donald had demanded a vote today, Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill off the floor rather than calling a vote and suffering humiliating defeat.
The alleged president’s first reaction was to blame Democrats. Surely Alt-Pres. Bannon will come up with something better.
Meanwhile, the ruling party is in chaos. Hard-line right wingers in congress say the Ryan-Trump bill was too much like what they like to call Obamacare. Less extreme Republicans, sensitive to the health care needs of their constituents, realize that Trumpcare took away too many of the good things from Obamacare and offered nothing to replace them. Where can they go from here?
Republicans have had seven years to come up with a form of health care that can replace the Affordable Care Act without harming many millions of people. Even working with the self-styled great deal-maker himself, they were unable to accomplish that.
I remember being startled when an acquaintance, a practicing physician, told me he was going to vote for Trump. “Well,” he said, “I simply cannot stand the other candidate. And maybe the guy will do something. If he does ONE THING, it will be an improvement. And if that one thing is a better health care plan, it would really be great.”
Sorry, Doc. You wasted your vote.
Another friend, a retired physician, wondered about the effect on the 2018 congressional elections if Trump/Ryan succeeded in repealing the ACA. That was unlikely this time around. Even if there had been enough votes in the House to move the bill forward, it almost certainly would not have passed the Senate.
But that’s all irrelevant now. Trumpcare is dead and the so-called president has said he wants to move on to other issues. But, like everything he says, that may have been just blue smoke, a negotiating posture, an outright lie.
The next step remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Donald had better find someone, anyone, willing to join his team who knows at least a little bit about how Washington works. Or doesn’t work.