Obamacare is the law of the land. … We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” – Paul Ryan
That was the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives after pulling the GOP health care bill from consideration because it was clear there weren’t enough votes to pass it.
The Associated Press sums up the range of emotion after the decision was announced: After health care bill’s withdrawal, elation and anger. It also points out the “winners, losers and a few in between.”
On Facebook, Ezra Klein of Vox said that was not the headline he expected to see today.
Reporter Robert Costa of The Washington Post recounts the stunning phone call in which Trump told him the bill was no longer up for consideration.
Fox News says Trump is blaming Democrats for the bill’s failure, though Joanne Kenen, AHCJ’s core topic leader on Health Policy, points out in a tweet that “They didn’t need a single Democratic vote under the process they chose to follow.”
trump keeps blaming Democrats for failure. They didn’t need a single Democratic vote under the process they chose to follow. #ACA
— Joanne Kenen (@JoanneKenen) March 24, 2017
For a timeline of how events unfolded, see the live updates from Politico’s Brianna Ehley.
Trump and Ryan indicated that they were going to move on from trying to change the health care system, but there are some regulatory and other moves that could be made to change the Affordable Care Act.
Dan Diamond at Politico points out that the Trump administration has been reshaping the Affordable Care Act from his first day in office:
“The Trump administration has already begun to transform the health insurance market, wielding executive power to rewrite coverage rules, slash Obamacare’s marketing budget and signal an all-out assault on his predecessor’s health care law.”
For instance, in January, the Urban Institute posted a research report, “Instead of ACA Repeal and Replace, Fix It,” which proposes some policies that could still “address critics’ concerns and also strengthen the law, expand coverage, improve affordability, increase market stability, and lower the high premiums that exist in some markets” (h/t to Liz Seegert)
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- House Democrats explain why they think Republicans keep failing on health care | Vox
- How did it come to this? Ryan and Trump pull healthcare bill after coming up short on votes | MedCity News
- What the G.O.P. Doesn’t Get About Who Pays for Health Care | New Yorker
- Kansas Republicans Just Defied Donald Trump and Voted to Expand Medicaid | Mother Jones
- Trumpcare May Have Died But That Doesn’t Mean Obamacare Is Safe | Fortune
- Stocks close mixed after House pulls health-care bill | CNBC