Franklin Center Director of Policy and Outreach Kevin Glass weighs in on the downfall of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the causes for its collapse in a Washington Examiner Op-Ed:
That Republican leadership would neglect to get all its ducks in a row on Obamacare repeal, after having seven years to come up with something they could support, was a governing gaffe of epic proportions. Republican leadership let the AHCA debacle go on for too long before shelving it. But it was better than suffering the indignity of losing a floor vote, which would have been a defeat that Obamacare repeal may not have been able to recover from. This blow, however, is going to be substantial.
There’s blame to go around everywhere here: Ryan and the rest of GOP leadership for pressing so far forward with such a flawed bill; Trump for playing both sides, risking his own capital while appearing so disinterested; a Republican caucus that refused to get on the same page for so long. AHCA was just a massive unforced error: Democrats didn’t lift a finger, and the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare went down in flames.