Trump Admits Senate Trumpcare Bill Has Failed

The Washington Examiner reports:

President Trump urged Senate Republicans on Friday to at least repeal Obamacare soon, even if there is no path forward to replace the law. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., sent a letter to Trump on Friday morning urging the White House to adopt a two-step strategy in which conservative senators focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act now.

Sasse said Republicans do not appear to have the votes to pass the current bill and should focus on following through on the campaign promises both Trump and congressional Republicans touted. Senate Republicans pulled the bill this week the absence of enough GOP votes for the bill, and said they would push for a vote in July.

  • DaddyRay

    So much winning

    • Frostbite

      I can’t stand it.

  • Boreal
    • Rambie

      Once again Bagley from the Salt Lake Tribune gets the graphic perfectly!

    • clay

      Now, what Trump’s stealing from Sasse would do that to 20 million immediately, rather than 23 million slowly.

    • pch1013

      It’s the DEATH (Denying Every American Their Healthcare) Act.

  • Boreal
  • Jay Silversmith

    Repeal has been their wet dream all along. There was never a plan to replace. That was just another gopig bait and switch….and the rubes fell for it.

  • Rex

    Never mind being tired of the winning, all this losing is exhausting.

  • Boreal
  • Dejerrity

    It’s amazing how long it takes him to admit to something the rest of us knew already.

  • Boreal
  • Boreal
    • cleos_mom

      If the bill should become law, the workers in many of those nursing homes will also be looking for jobs.

      • Boreal

        I told my state senator that (R) and was told it would never happen. Complete denial of reality.

      • Hue-Man

        Time to invest in ice floes.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Hurry. They’re disappearing fast.

          • Snarkaholic

            Well, then, we can invest in garbage scows.

        • JCF

          So not funny.

    • crewman

      That quote really is Kellyanne’s “Let them eat cake” moment.

  • Rex

    Following through on campaign promises?
    What about the biggest one – Make America Great Again?
    The only why that has a chance of happening is to remove him from office and the GOP from power.

    • Dejerrity

      “Make America Great Again” is nothing but a punch line now.

      • Dagoril

        Maybe it was mistranslated from the original Drumpfese. Maybe it should have been “Make America Grape Again!” You know, drink more grape soda.

  • bkmn
  • Michael R

    I’m sure he has a better plan for all Americans at
    lower rates in the works just like he promised , TRUST HIM .

  • HKDaniel

    Trump is an ineffective leader, he’s weak and can’t get anything done.

    At this point, even though he’s an extreme danger to the country, I DO NOT want him to be impeached.

    If he’s impeached, Pence becomes president, and Pence is a much worse threat to the country as we know it.

    I say keep the ineffective mess and let him drag his party down the tubes.

    We will self correct at the mid-terms and in 2020 or we’re all lost.

    • barrixines

      I probably agree that Pence is a greater threat to the US. However Trump is a far bigger threat to the rest of the world.

    • Bluto

      pence is a dangerous lunatic but I think he would be about as effective as he was as governor. I’m not willing to allow 45 to remain just because of this.

    • clay

      Pence is complicit since he knew about Flynn before he hired Flynn.

    • That, frighteningly, makes some sense. But meantime I get the sense that we are dealing with the BORG. Resistance is futile.

    • CraigNJ

      It would take some time to get to articles of impeachment. We’ll be well into next year’s midterms about the time the Mueller hearings are underway.

  • PickyPecker
    • thatotherjean

      That portrait is far too flattering.

  • Tomcat

    If republicans thought Americans hated their last two bills on our healthcare, just wait until they try and just plane destroy it without ANY healthcare at all.
    Itr will be the kiss of death for their party and they will own it and the fact that they refused to even TRY to save the ACA.

    • Tawreos

      Nope, they will convince the mouth breathers that vote for them that the liberals are to blame because they didn’t help to destroy healthcare as they know it.

      • clay

        Maybe, but it terrifies them. Even when they knew those 50+ House calls for repeal were going through, they wrote the bill so the repeal would be AFTER the 2018 elections, not before.

    • Rambie

      Could they even vote for full Repeal without needing 60 votes? I mean, wouldn’t they have just done that in the first place instead of the whole “replace” charade?

  • Smokey

    Yeah, repeal and throw a major segment (~18%) of the economy into turmoil. #Loser #Sad

    • Rambie

      Could they even vote for full Repeal without needing 60 votes?

      • clay

        They could repeal ONLY the financial pieces– the wealthy would get their tax break, the subsidies would end, the Medicare expansion would be reversed (immediately), the medical device companies would get their tax break. So tax breaks, and 20 million people would lose insurance at the click of their fingers. But without 60 votes, the basic service and pre-existing condition insurance regulations would stay in place, “collapsing” the medical insurance industry.

        Nice, huh?

        • Rambie

          Thanks for clearing that up for me (and probably others).

          I’m surprised they’ve not just done that then, it sounds like the GOP’ers wet dream come true.

  • Tomcat

    I don’t just want trump out of politics, I want him out of our GREAT country.
    If ever there was someone that did not deserve our country it is him.

    • clay

      I hear the US has some land in Cuba . . .

      • kareemachan

        Ship him to Russia. COD.

  • Dejerrity

    Let’s correct that headline, shall we?

    “Senate Trumpcare Bill Admits Trump Has Failed”

    That’s much better.

    • clay

      When a circle jerk becomes a circular firing squad, the chicken and the egg both get eaten.

      • olandp

        If you eat both the chicken and egg today, you will starve to death tomorrow. But really, isn’t that the Republican way?

      • Todd20036

        Picky Pecker likes getting eaten.
        Just saying.

  • PickyPecker
  • Hue-Man

    “they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”

    Replace REPEAL with IMPEACH.

  • Tomcat

    Here is how that would go.
    1.Remove the ACA completely.
    2.Pass tax cuts for the rich.
    3. Give the American taxpayer the bad news that there is just not any money for healthcare in the budget.
    4. send most of their money to their offshore accounts for when America goes down the tubes.

    • clay

      AND, if they do that as “budget reconciliation” it would still leave the medical insurance companies stuck covering pre-existing conditions and basic services– the insurance industry would have its collapse DUE to their actions.

      • kareemachan

        Nah, the health industry would do just fine. They’ve been bilking us for YEARS.

  • netxtown

    Imagine that: a healthcare bill so toxic even their own rank & file won’t vote for it. And then they dive head first down the rabbit hole with yet another ‘just repeal it’ rebel yell. Turtle better learn how to run…..

  • Tomcat

    It was easy to get the votes back when it was only symbolic.
    This time they will have to be held responsible for their vote to destroy our healthcare. There is no way they get the votes for straight repeal with no hope healthkill bill.

  • Joe in PA

    But Donnie…no tax breaks for you and your kids. [sad face]

    • clay

      (Repeal, alone, would provide the tax-breaks to the uber-wealthy, which would also achieve Trump’s “collapse” of the system. But that’s not going to happen because enough GOP Senators aren’t cruel enough to immediately dump 20 million from the insurance rolls.)

      • thatotherjean

        I don’t know about that last sentence, but most of them would like to be re-elected, which is what matters most to them; so I hope it’s not going to happen.

      • kareemachan

        Replace the word “cruel” with something more along the lines of reality. They are scared shitless to do this. They know what would happen.

      • Joe in PA

        Thanks. I thought that along with THOSE taxes (medical devices et. al.) being removed that there were even MORE cuts. Ugh.

  • Joe in PA

    I don’t know how they think a repeal will happen…if they don’t have the votes for a replace. SMFH.

  • Gigi
    • netxtown

      Whew! I still have a chance…..

      • Can you run a photo here? Joe won’t mind. Common, take a pic. Just post it! We want to see.

        • Todd20036


        • netxtown

          I’m a grow-er!…not a show-er!

      • Rambie

        Yeah, Eddi is right. We’re waiting. 😉 😉

      • netxtown

        now boyz – every one of you well know that ‘big’ is a relevant term…..
        For some, well, it’s bigger than that. For others, it’s plenty big. Still, a select few will gasp in wonder. The remaining size queens will grimace in imagined pain….while repeating “i think i can. I think I can”… 🙂

  • Repeal and replace is what the House and every Republican Senator (except for Susan Collins) voted for in 2016 and sent to President Obama — who vetoed it. The legislation in 2016 kept things in place as they are through the 2018 elections (as I remember) in an attempt to provide some cover for Republicans up for reelection in 2018. They could easily do the exact same thing right now — but they do not have the balls! They know they would be decimated in the 2018 midterms. What a joke. This is Trump taking a dump on his working class voting base. How stupid can they be? No wonder Trump voters get addicted to opiates so easy- they are both as murderous in the long term after providing a temporary high!

  • Stogiebear

    Just an excuse for Repeal and Don’t Replace.

    I’m surprised, frankly, that this hasn’t been suggested openly before now. It’s what they all really want — don’t have to put any thought or work into a replacement and their insurance company overlords can go back to doing whatever they want to take money from the American public.

    • clay

      They (except extremists like Cruz) haven’t suggested it because it would only repeal the financial parts (if they do it with only 50 votes through “budget reconciliation”) and leave in things like required basic services, pre-existing conditions, etc. Suggesting it now is recognizing/admitting that it might not happen even with the lower 50 vote count, at all.

  • j.martindale

    It is KILLING him that he can’t destroy Obama’s legacy.

    • Dot Beech

      Oh, don’t I wish it would.

    • geoffalnutt

      He’s producing the opposite effect in me. I am more and more passionate in my admiration and gratitude. Barack’s legacy burns brighter than suns.

  • DesertSun59

    We don’t have a President. We have a punitive judge who is just plain ole vindictive. He clearly doesn’t give a sh*t about anything that anyone suffers in this nation.

    • clay

      a punitive judge who is just plain ole vindictive
      clearly doesn’t give a sh*t about anything that anyone suffers in this nation

      describe the entire GOP:

    • CB

      I’m afraid you give him too much credit. He’s a spoiled brat without the intelligence or discipline to hold onto an idea or guide a vision other than by stamping his feet and having a tantrum. I don’t think he’s capable of judgment, just toddler rage.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I think that instead of just Senators & Reps, perhaps people should start contacting their governors as well. Some GOP governors have a lot riding on having expanded Medicare for their constituents and do NOT want to have to say “But Ayn Rand and the Koch brothers demanded your lives as rightful sacrifices so you can just die, useless scum.” If the Congress people refuse to show up, then go after someone who has a harder time running away.

    • Alex Polkovsky

      As someone suggested, ask your governor why federal tax paid by citizens of the state isn’t coming back as services tor fellow residents?

  • swimboy

    Am I missing something? If they repeal, they still have to come up with something to replace it with, and that’s what they can’t do now. Why do they think that they could come up with something later?

    Of course, we all know the answer to that: they don’t want anything to replace it. They want to cede all control to the insurance companies, kill medicaid, and make sure that even more of “those people” suffer.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I agree. Once they repeal it, they won’t spend any time replacing it and don’t care who suffers because they will have great healthcare for life and plenty of money to boot!

      • Steve Teeter

        You know, back in the Reagan years, when they would do something like this they would at least pretend that it would be good for us in the long run. “Trickle-down economics” they called it, though the rich who got the tax breaks never did spend it in ways that would benefit society, as they were supposed to. They just hoarded it.

        But they’re not even pretending now. No credible stories of how this will work for the better in the end. Now they’re just taking it.

  • Treant

    Trumpcare failed. Trump failed. Failure.

    Let’s let that sink in for a moment and enjoy, shall we?

    • Talisman

      The dumpster has been failing since the 70s.

  • TimJ

    Does anyone think that the Senate Republicans are paying this doofus the slightest bit of attention? As far as they are concerned, Trump is good for his signature, nothing more.

  • thatotherjean

    Repeal now, replace later! Because not a single soul will die for lack of medical care in the meantime. . .

    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      I will not down vote you, yet I disagree. I’m glad I’m in a state with a state exchange, not on the federal exchange.

      • thatotherjean

        Sorry, I omitted a sarcasm indicator. Fixed now. I’m very much aware of the death toll that would follow a complete repeal of the ACA.

      • kareemachan

        You think the insurance industry won’t find some way to screw you over anyway?

  • Jeffg166
    • kareemachan

      And remember, he had polio. And the gummint helped him when he needed it. Now? It’s all the poors’ fault.

      • Jeffg166

        It is amazing how they all conveniently forget all the government resources they used in their lives to get to where they are today.

  • Dagoril

    “Hey, if I can’t get you to make me and my friends even more obscenely large amounts of money, at least fuck over the poor for me!”

  • Talisman

    Repealing the ACA without a replacement would be an even bigger disaster than passing any plan the republicans have written. Logic would dictate that if they cannot come up with something better, they should go about fixing what already exists.

    But this had never been about logic or even sanity. This is about erasing the fact that a black man was President.

    • Bj Lincoln

      A black man who stole their idea and made it work.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Never forget that government exists by consent of the governed. Wealth and power exist only so long as there are people willing to defend them.

  • Halou

    So it was never about reforming healthcare, just getting rid of it entirely. For the Republicans in the Senate it was about what their donors wanted, for Trump it has always been jealousy at the achievements of his predecessor.

  • Bj Lincoln

    If they really wanted to replace the AHCA with something better they would have worked on it long before now. They had 8 freaking years! Republicans have always thought healthcare is a privilege of the wealthy. If you didn’t work hard enough to afford healthcare, it’s your own fault. Screw you if you get sick. I went without for most of my adult years while being told this shit to my face by my family. I could not talk about my health issues with them because I brought it on myself. I got to hear all about their doctor appointments and stuff. At least I was able to see the doctors I needed and had my bypass paid for before I lose coverage.

  • geoffalnutt

    This is about Obama. Period. His obsession has gotten more and more desperate.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen
  • Gerry Fisher

    The douche really has no idea how health-care policy works, does he?

    • -M-

      He doesn’t care either.

  • JWC

    It’s almost embarasssing to think back to his boisterous rants of how easy it would all be

  • ben-andy

    It’s funny and sad. Funny because if they DON’T have 50 votes to pass this piece of pork fat out of their steamy bowels, then there is even LESS chance of 50 votes for repeal. They know full well that NO Thug plan will get any Dem votes, so it will really be “Repeal and NOTHING” as they’d need 60 votes for anything else..

    It is sad because Donnie simply doesn’t seem to understand maths. Maybe if it had $ in front of it he’d really try. Votes are so boring.

  • Richard B

    The senate should forget about repealing Obamacare.
    They should find a way to repeal and replace Trump instead.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Another “WIN” for 45. Hey Trumpanzees, tired of all the winning yet?

  • JCF

    [Not taking for granted this f#cking zombie couldn’t come back from the dead, though.]

  • Blobby

    This is actually worse than the House or Senate version. They’ll repeal…..all on the ACA can lose what they have. ALL. as in EVERY SINGLE ONE. ….and ‘replace’? Why in the world do you think after multiple failed attempts they’ll do anything to replace something? They’ll hope we just all forget about it.