There are signs popping up all over Washington that there is real trouble on the horizon. Is this a signal of things to come? Do some people know the real truth and are starting to distance themselves, or insulate, from the fall-out once the implosion occurs? One this is for certain, there is a serious vacuum of intelligence forming around the White House and Congress right now and it is a sign of serious problems for the future. The non-vote on the American Healthcare Act (AHA) last week is only the start of problems for a GOP controlled White House, House of Representatives and the Senate.
On Sunday, Republican Ted Poe resigned from the Freedom Caucus. The resignation comes after the failed ability of a GOP controlled Congress to vote on the AHA. Poe indicated that leaving the caucus will better enable him to serve his constituents. In his resignation to Rep. Mark Meadows, he said:
In order to deliver on the conservative agenda we have promised the American people for eight years, we must come together to find solutions to move this country forward. Saying no is easy, leading is hard, but that is what we were elected to do. Leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective Member of Congress and advocate for the people of Texas. It is time to lead.
Poe had wanted to vote for the Republican AHA proposal the right-wing caucus has adamantly opposed, which was one of the main reasons the bill was pulled at the last-minute so as to avoid a black eye defeat to the GOP.
Four senior administration officials have confirmed that Boris Epshteyn has been let go from his position as special assistant to President Donald Trump. Epshteyn is a Russian-born American that was integral to Trumps campaign and was in charge of overseeing television appearances for White House officials. The sources also indicated that they are exploring other opportunities within the administration and Epshteyn may take a less visible position inside the administration.
Also on Sunday, during a Fox News Sunday interview, Reince Priebus acknowledged that Democrats are not the cause of the Republicans’ failed ObamaCare overhaul bill. There were over 40 Republicans confirmed as a “No” or leaning towards “No” as the bill stood late Friday afternoon before Ryan withdrew the bill from the House floor cancelling the vote.
At the end of the day, it’s time for the party to start governing. I also think though, that Democrats can come to the table as well.
Although the failure to vote on the AHA isn’t viewed as much of a failure compared to an actual failed vote, the writing is clearly written on the wall for most Americans. The failure of a GOP controlled White House and Congress to come together and push legislation through is a sign of things to come for other issues on Trump’s agenda. Trump has gone on record as saying “We have no Democratic support. We have no votes from them. They weren’t going to give us a single vote.” The view from the Democrats was one of disdain and anger as the Republicans refused to include any of the markups or addendums they proposed for the AHA and rightly so, they refused to cast anything but a “No” vote as the bill stood on Friday.
For the AHA to be successful, it will require support from the Democrats in both the House and the Senate, a truth that was alluded to in one of Trump’s tweets over the weekend.
ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great health care plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”
The debate needs to refocus on repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to be replaced with a single-payer healthcare system that has provisions to overhaul the entire system from top to bottom. A band-aid is not going to fix anything, rather, it will just make everything that much worse.