No Voting on TrumpCare: Going to Let ObamaCare 'Explode'

James Radke

Following a long day of 'will they or won't they get the get the votes', Speaker Paul Ryan removed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from being voted on by Congress late Friday afternoon. It was determined that the bill would not get the 215 votes needed to gain approval.

I want to thank @POTUS, @VP, @SecPriceMD, & @HouseGOP members. There remains so much we can do to help improve people’s lives. And we will.

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) March 24, 2017
In a press briefing, President Trump blamed the Democrats for not supporting the bill and seemed to imply that the current administration is going to wait for the current Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) to ‘explode’.
The President said:
“So what would be really good, with no Democrat support, is if the Democrats, when it explodes -- which it will soon -- if they got together with us and got a real healthcare bill.  I would be totally up to do it.  And I think that's going to happen.  I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because now they own Obamacare.  They own it -- 100 percent own it.  

"And this is not a Republican healthcare, this is not anything but a Democrat healthcare.  And they have Obamacare for a little while longer, until it ceases to exist, which it will at some point in the near future.  And just remember this is not our bill, this is their bill.

"Now, when they all become civilized and get together, and try and work out a great healthcare bill for the people of this country, we're open to it.  We're totally open to it.”

When asked by a reporter if it was fair to simply let ObamaCare ‘explode’, the President responded:
“Well, it's going to happen.  There's not much you can do about it.  It's going to -- bad things are going to happen to Obamacare.  There's not much you can do to help it.  I've been saying that for a year and a half.  I said, look, eventually it's not sustainable.  The insurance companies are leaving -- you know that.  They're leaving one by one, as quick as you can leave.  And you have states, in some cases, who will not be covered.  So there's no way out of that.

But the one thing that was happening, as we got closer and closer, everybody was talking about how wonderful it was, and now we'll go back to real life and people will see how bad it is.  And it's getting much worse.”


American Health Care Act and Rare Diseases

Last week, the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) stated they do not support the AHCA in its current state and listed the various good and bad points about the bill with respect to its impact on the rare disease community. 

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