Senate Republicans, as led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, tried desperately to force through the American Health Care Act before their July 4 recess, but lo and behold, they failed. On Tuesday, it was announced that the vote on the Senate version of the AHCA would be pushed back to when Senators return from their July 4 recess on account of the fact that over half a dozen GOP Senators refused to support the measure.
Popular MSNBC host Rachel Maddow slammed the Republicans for what amounts to their abject failure when it comes to national health policy in the Tuesday edition of her show. She didn’t even need to address the fact that the AHCA, should it pass, would amount to a figurative failure of a national healthcare policy since tens of millions of people would become uninsured. The inept partisan hacks heading the Republican Party — including the guy in the White House — can’t even get the thing off the ground.
As Maddow noted, there are 52 Republicans in the Senate at present, meaning that not one single Democrat had to support the AHCA for it to pass and become law.
The Republicans came up short anyway. As Maddow put it:
‘They didn’t need any Democrats to [pass Trumpcare]. This was a Republicans-only affair, and as Republicans, today they failed.’
Even though the Republicans literally didn’t need any Democrats to make the AHCA pass, Trump, mostly unsurprisingly, still blamed the Democrats for the vote date getting pushed back in an angry Twitter post.
Trump wrote, “With ZERO Democrats to help, and a failed, expensive and dangerous ObamaCare as the Dems legacy, the Republican Senators are working hard!”
With ZERO Democrats to help, and a failed, expensive and dangerous ObamaCare as the Dems legacy, the Republican Senators are working hard!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017
Maddow, in her Tuesday show, went on to hit the Republicans because they have not only failed to get the AHCA passed, but they’ve also failed on a number of other legislative issues as well. The period of Republican dominance that was inaugurated with Trump has been marked mostly by destruction of past accomplishments, not by any major legislative accomplishments.
As Maddow said:
‘It remains a strange hallmark of the Trump era in Washington that, even with a new Republican president, even with a large Republican majority in the House and Republican control of the Senate, too, it has now been more than 150 days of this new administration — with unified Republican control in Washington — and they have yet to pass a single substantive piece of legislation of any kind.’
Watch Rachel Maddow’s coverage below.
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