The S.S. Trumpcare is sinking and many of its moderate Republican shipmates are heading for the life rafts.
Only the ship’s captain, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and a few of his loyal lieutenants, still are trying to steer the doomed vessel through the choppy waters of Washington.
Not unlike the Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank, Trumpcare recently ran smack into the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). More than 1,500 passengers and crew perished when the Titanic dropped to the ocean floor in 1912. The CBO estimates as many as 24 million Americans could be dropped from insurance rolls by 2026.
Call it hypocrisy or politics as usual, but many of the same lawmakers who campaigned last year for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare now realize Trumpcare is not the answer. Even the president has begun to distance himself from that promise.
About a week ago, he told conservative groups like FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and Tea Party Patriots that if the GOP’s health care bill does not pass, he would allow Obamacare to collapse and “blame its failure on Democrats.”
Wow, talk about presidential pessimisim.
None of this will come as a surprise to former Republican Speaker John Boehner. Three weeks ago he said, “The repeal and replacement of Obamacare is not going to happen.”
Boehner, the once powerful, ultimate Capitol Hill insider, didn’t need a crystal ball to make his prediction. All it took was common sense.
When the Titanic was being…