Real health care reform will not be a reality, at least in the short term, after the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare was pulled before a House vote because of a lack of support. However, President Donald Trump isn’t backing down, telling reporters that, “Obamacare … will explode.”
The president made the statement in the Oval Office after the repeal and replace bill was pulled from the House floor, according to Fox News.
“With no Democrats on board, we couldn’t quite get there, we’re just a very small number of votes short,” Trump said, according to AOL.
He also said that a lot of lawmakers didn’t support the American Health Care Act because they didn’t realize the benefits that would be realized in phases two and three of the plan, which would have likely increased competition.
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“And again, I think what will happen is Obamacare, unfortunately, will explode,” Trump said in his remarks.
“It’s going to have a very bad year. Last year you had over a 100 percent increases in various places. In Arizona, I understand it’s going up very rapidly again, like it did last year. Last year, it was 116 percent. Many places, 50, 60, 70 percent, I guess it averaged — whatever the average was — very, very high. And this year should be much worse for Obamacare.”
And this is going to be trouble for the Democrats — who, as Trump pointed out, “totally own it.”
Trump said Americans should “remember this is not our bill, this is their bill. Now, when they all become civilized and get together, and try and work out a great health care bill for the people of this country, we’re open to it. We’re totally open to it.”
This is the folly of the Democrats. They thought that this was a victory for them. In the end, though, this sticks America with Obamacare — again. This is the same bill that was a millstone around their neck in 2014 and 2016.
There were definitely problems with the American Health Care Act, and Americans should hope they can be ironed out and that a solution can be reached. However, if not, don’t be surprised when Obamacare explodes on its own.
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