Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried everything he could to try and squeeze in Trump’s healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on numerous occasions. Trump even held a GOP luncheon threatening Senators on Wednesday ‘to not leave town’ during the August recess, or else they would pay for it politically in their home states.
Afterward, four Republicans on the hill and three Democrats revealed what really happened with the disastrous health care bill and why it couldn’t muster up enough votes, and it speaks to failed the Republican party platform strategy as a whole.
One of the leading Republicans in the Senate, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, said that Republicans failed because “we have too many ideas.” Doesn’t sound like Republicans had a coherent strategy. That’s pretty embarrassing if that’s the main reason for their failure.
“I think Democrats will say Republicans had all this time and they didn’t have any ideas [to fix Obamacare]. But the problem is we have too many ideas,” Thune said. “It’s a challenge on how to take all these different policies and knit them together in a way that gets you an actual health bill.”
All of the Republicans interviewed weren’t even in agreement on what went fully wrong, they were left just as confused after years of promising to repeal Obamacare – eight years to be precise.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) admitted that he thought the derailment was driven by “political considerations.”
“In general, it just reinforced that the whole process of decision-making here isn’t actually driven by analysis and information,” he said. “And what’s politically popular is increasing benefits.”
That makes sense. Republicans wanted to cut benefits. Obamacare gave more of them. What else do you expect?
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) initially didn’t want to speak with VOX’s Jeff Stein but admitted that his party didn’t have all the solutions.
“We’re just trying to keep people together to find solutions to help the American people,” he said.