The Republican Party faced an inexplicable set back on Friday, March 24, 2016 when the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, informed the President that despite their best efforts, The American Healthcare Act (H.R. 1628) would not even be brought up for a vote.
Since then, President Donald Trump has said, “I don’t lose”, while speaking to the Financial Times on Sunday, April 2, 2017. He went on to promise that America will have reform whether it is exclusively with the Republicans or on a bipartisan basis.
Even last night, he told Kristen Welker of NBC News, that he was very serious about “reviving the push for healthcare reform”.
The American Healthcare Act was the probably the most important vote of the Republican agenda during Donald Trump’s young Presidency.
After winning the White House and having voting majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Republicans can no longer be the party of “No”. In fact, with so many campaign promises, Republicans must become the party of “Grow”.
He promised to grow the economy by bringing jobs back from overseas and putting the coal miners back to work. He promised to grow the military by increasing Pentagon funding. He ran on growing border security through the building of a wall along America’s southern border. Lastly, and most importantly, he promised to grow the number of Americans that have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.
In fact, Thing Progress has counted 68 times that the President has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“We are gonna win, win, win. We’re going to win at everything. And some of you are friends and you’re going to call, and your going to say, “Mr. President, please, we can’t win anymore like this, Mr. President, you’re driving us crazy, you’re winning too much..” – Donald Trump, 145th annual NRA convention – May 20, 2016.