Democrats are celebrating, and taunting Republicans, after Obamacare repeal failed; they have yet to acknowledge that Obamacare is still struggling.
After Republicans pulled their Obamacare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), from the House floor on Friday, Democrats were gleeful.
Hillary Clinton sent out celebratory tweets. Sen. Bob Menendez — currently facing a corruption case — tweeted that the “burn” for Republicans “is covered” under Obamacare.
Nancy Pelosi, an architect of Obamacare, gave herself a pat on the back for the failure of so-called ‘Trumpcare’:
This was a victory for all Americans. Democrats — united by our shared values — have stood strong against the disastrous #TrumpCare bill.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 24, 2017
What none of these Democrats acknowledged on Friday is that Obamacare is still undergoing tremendous struggles in 2017, with more ahead:
- In October 2016, the Obama administration announced Obamacare premiums would skyrocket “an average of 22%,” with some states — like Arizona (+116%) — seeing massive premium increases
- In 2017, “19% of all enrollees [face] just one insurance option,” with more major insurers planning to scale back their involvement in Obamacare
- Insurers are losing money on Obamacare in a majority of states, and have warned time and time again that the current trajectory of Obamacare is unsustainable
On Friday, President Trump indicated to reporters that he’s ready to step in and fix Obamacare when it collapses — he still believes it will.
The big question, it seems, is whether gloating Democrats can overcome their one-sided defense of Obamacare — and their base’s hatred of Trump — to work on such fixes.
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