Republicans have had 7 years to come up with an ACA replacement, and their bill was such a raging dumpster fire that they wouldn't even bring it to a vote. Who knew healthcare could be so complicated? The answer is "Democrats". Maybe Republicans will come to realize that despite it's flaws, the ACA was a great start on healthcare reform, and they'll work to strengthen it via revisions that both parties can get behind. Wait, who am I kidding? It was passed by the Kenyan Muslim Traitor, so it must be repealed.
Well the real problem for Republicans is the ACA was
their plan. It was designed by right-wing think tank The Heritage Foundation. Mitt Romney passed it at a state level in Massachusetts in 2006. There were no blocks left that could be safely removed from this Jenga puzzle.
Whether he was massively incompetent at negotiating or just craven, Obama made a move nobody was expecting. He was supposed
to push for Canadian-style Single Payer healthcare, fight with Republicans over it, and compromise with a Public Option. Then when the next Republican president took office they would remove the public option and leave us with the ACA in its current state. Instead Obama and the Democrats dropped Single Payer AND the public option all on their own and started
the negotiation where Republicans wanted to end up.
The Republican refusal to vote for the ACA and endless moves to repeal were entirely about optics. They had what they wanted but couldn't afford to look happy
under a conservative president with a "D" next to his name!
It reminds me of Imperial China's treasure fleet
. Far more technologically advanced than the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, China could have conquered the world with this fleet. But it ended up getting shitcanned. Why? Because the treasure fleet was a feather in the cap of one political faction and the other factions conspired to tear it down so their rival wouldn't look good. How'd that turn out for Imperial China in the end?