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Democrats Gloat Over Republican Healthcare Bill Failure

Democrats Gloat Over Republican Healthcare Bill Failure

Pelosi actually invoked the founders in her celebration press conference.

The GOP healthcare bill AHCA failed before Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) could even bring it to the floor.

Of course, the Democrats have used this opportunity to gloat and take credit on television, even though they hold the minority in the House and Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led the charge.

Chuck Schumer

Schumer appeared on ABC’s This Week on Sunday Morning to celebrate the AHCA failure and criticize President Donald Trump. He also stated that the Democrats will work with the GOP if they decide to not repeal Obamacare:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, you just heard Congressman Meadows right there. He says the repeal effort’s not dead.

SCHUMER: Well, it won’t succeed. And, you know, there’s one point we’re missing here. The American people hated Trumpcare. The more they learned about it, the more they didn’t like. And you know, not only did we have a totally unified Democratic caucus from Bernie Sanders to Joe Manchin, but I want to salute all the people out there — the average people, who called and wrote and picketed and protested.

If they keep on this repeal path, they’ll get nowhere. And it’s mainly because i they want to do what Mr. Meadows does, then all the moderates will jump off. It’s — you know, they have seven kids in the bed and they have enough covers for five. So they ought to get rid of repeal. Drop it. It’s been a flop for them because of the substance of repeal. And work with us to improve it.

Nancy Pelosi

After the GOP pulled the bill, Pelosi held a press conference to call the failure a victory for the American people:

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday was a “victory for the American people,” after Republicans pulled their bill to replace Obamacare before a scheduled vote.

“It’s about our country and the vision of our founders. It’s about our faith, and it’s about the unity of the Democrats, united by our values,” she said in a news conference.

The Republicans failed because of their own actions and choices, Pelosi said.

“But it was also because the American people weighed in. Our phone lines were all deluged,” she said. “I want to thank all the people who expressed themselves to members of Congress, either to say thank you for supporting the Affordable Care Act or kill the [GOP] bill to whomever they were calling.”

Side note: Does anyone really think our Founders would approve of the government meddling in healthcare?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Sanders, the former presidential candidate, expressed much happiness of CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning over the AHCA failure:

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VERMONT: Well, Dana — Dana, let me just begin by saying this.

The bill that was defeated should have been defeated. It was a disastrous piece of legislation primarily designed to provide $300 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent, throwing 24 million people off of health insurance, raising premiums for older workers in a very, very significant way.

It was defeated. The American people wanted it defeated. And I’m glad that we were able to accomplish that.

Now, as you indicated, of course, Obamacare has serious problems. Deductibles are too high. Premiums are too high. The cost of health care is going up at a much faster rate than it should. Ideally, what — where we should be going is to join the rest of the industrialized the world and guarantee health care to all people as a right.

Oh, it gets better. He then tells host Dana Bash he will “introduce a Medicare-for-all single-payer program.” He didn’t provide the details, though.

Two days ago, Sanders told Anderson Cooper that the Democrats should receive credit for killing AHCA….even though the party holds the minority in the House and the Senate:

“Democrats should take credit for killing a really, really bad piece of legislation,” the Independent senator from Vermont told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday night.

“Poll after poll showed that’s exactly what the American people did not want,” Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, said of the bill.

Rep. Eric Swalwell

At Pelosi’s press conference, Rep. Swalwell agreed that the Democrats defeated the bill:

“And I’ll just say to that that unified Democrats did defeat this bill and we did it for the American people,” he said. “We did it because we heard them, we fought for them, and today we won for them.”

Social Media

Other Democrats used social media to celebrate the death of AHCA:


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They will find out soon enough what “Pyrrhic Victory” means.

Yeah, the kiddies over at Reddit are cheering, too. This bill was, in their view, Obamacare-Lite, and they wanted something much more market savvy. They had no trust whatsoever for the stepwise process, either.

There’s a whole mess of young, tech-savvy types who are very rapidly learning about process, political involvement, and the many uses of old, stored, easily-available information.

Our country’s in good hands, and they are not Nancy Pelosi’s.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Valerie. | March 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    LOL! Do you think the spineless GOP would have ever produced parts 2 and 3? Really? This bill was a typical Ryan POS Svengali screwjob.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Valerie. | March 27, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    You are right Valerie.

    With real competition among health care providers and insurers and today’s technology, there is no reason costs should be as sky-high as they are.

    Bring it on President Trump – the health care industry has committed Arkancide – and it’s time to bury the old and create the new…..

Hilliary: The fight isn’t over yet…

Isn’t that precious! She thinks she’s in the fight.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to rinardman. | March 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    She’s still in. Don’t kid yourself. The only things that will take that psycho hag out of the game is a major stroke or massive coronary.

    I think Bubba has thrown in the towel.

    Chelsea rising, or so they hope.

If part two was Sec Price of His changing regs, can’t be start doing that task now?

    Liz in reply to Liz. | March 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    That should be Health Human Sevices. Darn autocorrect.

    Mac45 in reply to Liz. | March 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    He has done a few things, such as encouraging states to file for waivers. But, now there is increased pressure for him to speed up the process of rescinding and modifying the provisions over which he has control.

    But, remember, this. A significant number of people in the US, perhaps a majority, now view healthcare as an entitlement. So, it has become political suicide to simply go back to the level of federal participation which existed before the ACA was passed. Every person who loses his insurance is a negative political event. That is why Trump was in no hurry to push for repeal and replace, being content to leave that up to the Congress.

      Close The Fed in reply to Mac45. | March 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      With respect to Mac45: I supported and do support Donald Trump, but I’m under no illusions about him. He isn’t a free-marketer, but he does like what he perceives that works.

      He did not promise total repeal but the GOP did. And I expect them to make it happen. If they can’t, then they are paying for their error in campaign-promise making and should be more circumspect in their future promises.

      As far as people believing medical insurance and care is their right? Well, better to counteract that error now, rather than later. Socialized medicine means awful things for patients.
      Term limits would end this constant fear of voters versus doing the right thing for the country.

So, they now “re-own” Obamacare …. awesome.

Especially as it implodes.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to profshadow. | March 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Nope. We own it now, thanks to the failure of duplicitous Speaker Lyin’ Ryan and the blind, foot-shooting, hard-headed Freedom Caucus. They all stepped in it bigly, including Trump.

    The ‘pubs are so out-classed by the ‘rats. It’s like sending a troop of mice into battle against an army of pit bulls.

I’m glad the bill failed. It would have simply solidified the role of the federal government in health care to the benefit of insurance company shareholders rather than patients. Do they think we don’t know they’ve passed a real repeal of Obamacare on multiple occasions already?

    snopercod in reply to Daiwa. | March 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    There’s a “real repeal” bill sitting in the House Ways and Means Committee as we type. H.R. 1436.

I will admit to saying some very dumb things in my lifetime, but I don’t think I ever achieved that level of dumb unless it involved my first wife and a preacher.

    Rick the Curmudgeon in reply to Old0311. | March 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Old0311, you can consider that remark stolen.

    Schumer AND Stephanopagus on the same screen? The level of self-righteous smugnitude must have been off the chart. Glad I missed watching that mutual tongue bath.

Well, considering their track record the last year or so, the Dems have to find something to cheer about. Even if it is something that had ne effect on.

My take on the Ryancare bill, it was by no stretch of the imagination a Trump proposal, is that it was a c**ap bill that would have done little to correct the problems of Obamacare. Everyone KNEW this. And, if it had passed, the Dems would not have been weeping for the “Death of Obamacare”. In fact, it would actually have provided them some cover, as the Republicans would also share in the responsibility for the coming healthcare collapse [they now have assumed some of that responsibility because they have not passed any legislation which affects the ACA, even when they had the chance]. There were substantial political reasons for introducing this horrendous bill at this particular time, none of which had anything to do with repealing and replacing Obamacare with anything that would be beneficial in the long run.

Th HFC killed it simply because the leadership refused to incorporate enough conservative agenda items to protect their reelections with their largely conservative bases.

These fools/tools will not acknowledge the reason repeal did not pass. It did not get the government out of health care enough.

The left is, and always has been, about control. Health care, guns, vehicles, etc. They think that you can’t make your life decisions without their input.

healthguyfsu | March 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm

What exactly did they do to achieve this supposed victory?

This wasn’t a failure. It’s a testament to how our Republic is supposed to work.

It would have been a failure for us and a success for the Left had it been rammed through in the same haphazard, cloak-of-secrecy as O’Care.

There’s a chance to hit the reset button on this, write the repeal and replace properly AND fire Ryan.

Reince “Repeat” Priebus lies like his boss. Conservatives don’t demand “perfection”. We WILL hold you to your word, however.

Conservatives just wanted what we’ve been promised for the last nearly ten years.

And we’ll I-gawd get it, or the GOP will pay at the polls.

In what sense was this a failure?

A bad bill was rejected before it was inflicted on its victims (i.e., us).

That’s not a failure. Legislatures are supposed to do this. Not pass crap bills and blame someone else for not cleaning up the resulting mess.

Now, if they can’t come up with a better bill, that would be a failure. But that hasn’t happened yet.

    inspectorudy in reply to tom swift. | March 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    It was a failure for Trump and Ryan because Ryan is supposed to know what the vote will be before the vote. That’s what a good speaker knows. It’s a failure for Trump because he waded into the negotiating at Ryan’s behest not knowing that the Freedom caucus would not accept this POS bill. Ryan has worked with this caucus before and he should know them well enough by now to offer them at least a bone. This is all new to Trump who is used to working both sides where a profit is the goal. Who knows what the reward for this bunch in the House is/was.

    mariner in reply to tom swift. | March 26, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    The thumbs-down was a mistake; I was trying to give you a thumbs-up.

They should be gloating: despite the good outcome of the Ryancare bill failing, the GOPe has marched off the cliff once again – simply because Obamacare has not been repealed because of the crappy bill coming out of the GOPe.

Trump should rethink his strategy: get rid of Ryan as Squeaker, then approach the bill again. The new Speaker will be Trump’s ally, not the rino rats that are Paul Boehner and McConnell.

We want Obamacare repealed. Period.

inspectorudy | March 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

These morons are like the passengers on the Titanic who were laughing at the small group who missed the departure.

The only group better at creating defeat out of victory then the GOP are the Dems.

They’ve doubled down on supporting Obamacare and as it gets more unpopular they will too become more unpopular.

Like I said, it is like losing a football game 50-0 and scoring a touchdown in the forth quarter and having a big victory dance. They only look more stupid when the opponents point to the scoreboard.

Did the pats celebrate in the Superbowl when they were making a insurmountable lead into a managable one?

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to RodFC. | March 27, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Don’t kid yourself. The media is now hanging obastardcare on the ‘pubs who, as always, never defend themselves or fight back. Unless the stooped party gets a decent bill together soon, we will own this forever. The public becomes dumber by the day by sucking up what the leftist media says like infants guzzling pablum. There is very little in the way of competent critical thinking skills enjoyed by the average person of median age and younger anymore. The dumbing down of America has succeeded. Obastard took a great big dump on this country and so far little has been done to flush it.

Side note: Does anyone really think our Founders would approve of the government meddling in healthcare?

On the scale that 0bamacare (or Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, etc) do? They’d be flabbergasted that the people would put up with such things. But in principle? Sure. As we heard over and over during the 0bamacare debate, the first congress established a system of hospitals for sailors, funded by a tax on their salaries. It did so, of course, under its power to regulate interstate and international commerce. So they would seem to have had little problem in principle with such meddling.

Adults will step back, review their goals, review their methods, estimate probably outcomes, and reconcile their differences.