Well, the ACHA as we know it is effectively dead. It appears as if the Kamikaze Caucus has done the United States a favor, believe it or not, by being as intransigent as a terminal illness.
Just to give you an idea how deep down this rabbit hole we are, consider this: Ryan, a guy who wants to repeal Medicare and Medicaid, is too moderate to get through a bill that would begin the process of repealing those two things.
It doesn’t help that he, along with Trump, are caught between two horns: attempts to appease the extremists in the Kamikaze Caucus will chase away moderates, while attempts to appease moderates will cause the extremists to shut down. The situation is almost completely intractable. That, in addition to the fact he has the patience of a toddler, is why Trump called the Washington Post today and announced that the ACHA was “dead.”
As it turns out, this isn’t as easy as Trump seemed to think it would be — because in typical Trump fashion, once upon a time, he seemed to think that it would be “so easy.”
Together we’re going to deliver real change that once again puts Americans first. That begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare…You’re going to have such great health care, at a tiny fraction of the cost—and it’s going to be so easy.
Trump said that last October at a rally in Florida.
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He also insisted that the Republicans would just roll over and let him do what he wanted, as he said at another event:
With a Republican House and Senate, we will immediately repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. A Republican House and Senate can swiftly enact the other items in my contract immediately, including massive tax reduction.
He even made a tweet that, like the rest of these comments, hasn’t aged well:
We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare – and nobody can do that like me. We will save $'s and have much better healthcare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2016
Users on twitter were quick to point out just how this looked today in hindsight:
@realDonaldTrump hold this L, cheeto boy
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) March 24, 2017
@realDonaldTrump So Donny, WHA HAPPAND????
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) March 24, 2017
@realDonaldTrump How’s that working out for you?
— Brian McNoldy (@BMcNoldy) March 24, 2017
And while Trump shifted his attitude in February, all of this points towards one thing: a man who had no idea what he was talking about and what promises he was making. It’s almost like he has no experience in politics at all, but we all know that could never be a selling point with Americans. Never ever.