The health and well-being of all Americans had been under fire since President Trump assumed office and he made it clear to all Republicans he wants Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act repealed at all costs, even against expert conference opinions. When that happens, many poor Americans will lose access to the most basic of health care services once Trumpcare gains the upper hand and eventually gets approved in the Senate. The Republicans themselves had a hard time agreeing on the finer points of Trumpcare right from the start that Donald Trump himself even had to constantly threaten some Republican congressmen who can’t make up their minds to pass the bill or else…
Well, the Republicans are the majority now especially that the sitting President is from the Republican Party. Meanwhile, the Democrats continue to hold their ground and protect not just Obama’s legacy but the health and welfare of the millions of Americans that will be affected by a major overhaul of the American healthcare system. The fight hasn’t been easy as both parties held their grounds. Trumpcare even had to be revised multiple times to address its many flaws and solve the many problems of the US healthcare system (and hopefully get the approval of the senators who will pass the bill). Despite the long battle, Democrats can’t celebrate yet because they know the Republicans (especially President Trump) will not easily give up on repealing Obamacare and replacing it with one of their own.
Republicans backed off a plan to vote this week on legislation rolling back much of President Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. But Democrats don’t think this is the end of Trumpcare.
“It’s far from over. McConnell said he’s going to come back to it soon,” Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said in an interview at the Capitol. “We’re not taking anything for granted.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday afternoon that the Senate would “not be on the bill this week,” as Republican Senators continue “discussions within our conference on the differences that we have.” But he added that “we’re still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place.” McConnell only needs 50 Republican senators to pass the legislation—assuming Vice President Pence breaks a tie —because Republicans are using a process known as budget reconciliation to evade a Democratic filibuster.
A number of Republican senators, however, have balked at the bill. Some conservative have argued it does not go far enough in repealing Obamacare, while moderates have expressed concern that it would too far in cutting Medicaid, the program that provides health insurance for low-income Americans.
One of the reasons why Trumpcare does not get the votes it needs is because it is a cruel replacement to the Affordable Care Act. If implemented, the poorest of the poor will lose access to affordable health care insurance and leave roughly 22 millions of Americans without any health coverage among others. Obamacare may have its flaws but many see it as the lesser evil between the two.
For some Democrats, it was the fifth or six protest of the Better Care Reconciliation Act in 24 hours. Some of the protesters had done even more, with the progressive group Ultraviolet tailing Republican senators as they left their offices, the most aggressive of dozens of tactics to slow down or stop BCRA. More had been cycling in and out of Capitol office rooms for news conferences, where Democrats sat back and let Medicaid beneficiaries take over the microphone.
“You are the wind under our wings,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to cheering protesters. “You are the reason we’ve come this far.”
The delay of BRCA, which Republicans had hoped to vote on this week, came after disagreements inside the majority party. But it was egged on by the “Resistance,” the loose collection of more than 1,000 groups working to stop the Republican agenda that sprang out of Trump’s surprise election.
The Democrats highlight that Trumpcare was crafted by wealthy Americans who have no idea what the life is of an average American. Moreover, it is also the wealthy Americans who will benefit in Trumpcare and not everybody else. Democrat legislators are even saddened by the fact that 60% of Americans are clueless as to what that legislation is all about. And because of that, the Republicans can expect the Democrats to always be a thorn on their sides because they want what is best for the unknowing public and not just for the handful of the elites who are close to the President. They even encourage the public to pressure Republican senators to protect their rights and vote “NO” on the health bill to put an end to it once and for all.