How bad was Friday’s defeat of President Donald Trump’s health reform bill in the US House of Representatives? Very bad.
For the first time in 11 years, Republicans took control of the presidency of the country and the two chambers of Congress. Republicans outnumber Democrats in the House of Representatives by 44. For seven years, Republicans have openly called for the repeal of Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms during his presidency, known as Obamacare.
It wasn’t what Trump wanted in the possible new healthcare bill, but he at first, tried to push it to a vote anyways. Paul Ryan is entirely responsible for this first attempt to replace Obamacare.
Although after a tumultuous week in Washington, it is good to take a step back to see everything with a little perspective.
So the Health Reform bill had become something more than the first piece of important legislation driven by a White House and a Republican-controlled Congress. The reform was also a first key political test that came just when Trump should be at the strongest and strongest point in the exercise of power and as a cohesive agent of his party.
But even so, neither Trump nor Paul Ryan nor the Republicans who have taken over the reins of Washington were able to carry out the mission. President Trump needs to focus on what he promised and apply those principles that got him the votes to be the 45th President of the United States.