After president Trump’s major health care defeat during his early presidency, a myriad of questions, opinions, and reflection has ensued. Or rather, a bit of chaos and blame. In any case, let’s examine the statements which have since emerged:
The Left Side
In a press conference held in the Oval Office shortly after the health care bill was pulled from the floor, President Trump stated:
“We had no democrat support. We had no votes from the democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do…With no Democrat support, we couldn’t quite get there. We we’re just a small number of votes short in terms of getting our billed passed.”
With Republicans in both the house and senate holding a substantial majority, it would be interesting to see how overpowered democratic votes had an impact to derail the bill.
The day after the bill’s defeat, trump tweeted “Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M.” where Jeanine boldly declared, “Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the House.” Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed the press the following day saying, “He wanted to show support of her show. That’s it,” on the matter. Speculation from the media arose on whether there was a clear intention behind asking his 27 million followers to watch the show.
The Freedom Caucus
In another tweet on March 26, Trump went on to declare that the Freedom Caucus was the one who saved Obamacare. “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” This accusation from President Trump came days before another daring statement about fellow Republicans by a member of his administration.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney surprisingly blamed members of his own party stating:
“You can blame it on the Freedom Caucus if you want to. But there’s also a lot of moderates, Charlie Dent will be on your show in a little bit, who are also against the bill.”
President Trump shared a similar sentiment in his Oval Office press conference saying “We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process.” Although it was a very vague statement, could this have been a reference to moderate republicans?
Regardless of what transpired in the house and all the apparent finger-pointing that has since occurred, it was undoubtedly evident that U.S. voters also opposed the Trump Administration’s Health Care plan. Poll results published by Quinnipiac University a day before the defeat showed a 56-17 disapproval percent, with 26 percent of the people undecided. Support amongst U.S. voter republicans also showed a 41-24 percent disapproval rate. As the weeks progress, we will see what course the topic of health care takes and what other statements and opinions arise.