Who’s To Blame for the Failure of the Healthcare Reform Bill?



On March 29th The Signal published a column by Gary Horton entitled “What’s next after health care”.

This absurd column was full of hyperbole and hysteria, with a lot of ad hominem thrashing about thrown in for good measure. A return to his old “style”.

That’s a shame, too, because his last few columns were pretty good. But those were on the topic of Measure H, on which he took an actual “conservative” position, so maybe what we’re seeing here is an illustration of how conservatism is easy to support rationally, while socialism needs wild-eyed ranting to seek its justification.

As to the latest healthcare debacle, there’s a lot more blame to go around than just facilely throwing it at Trump, though I’m sure he’s the bogeyman Horton likes to target. House GOPers have had over 6 years to come up with a viable plan, something that actually made sense and included realistic elements that would address the free-market shortcoming of the current wealth redistribution scheme in place. The “Ryan plan” was a non-starter from the jump; in reality just a place-holder they could point at when asking for votes in the past elections.

Now that they finally had both chambers of Congress and the White House, to have seriously rolled out that tired piece of garbage as their offering was stupid beyond belief. There was no way it was ever going to be passed, as bad as it was. It was hardly better at all than Obamacare. What would have been the point?

They should have taken their time and crafted something that actually would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, not just tinkered with it a little bit. And Trump’s biggest failure was in not making them do exactly that. Maybe due to his own political inexperience, I don’t know.

As I’ve written before, we need to get government out of the healthcare and insurance equation. Government is the problem, not the solution.


(Also published today in The Signal)

23 comments on “Who’s To Blame for the Failure of the Healthcare Reform Bill?

  1. Virginia Patriot says:

    It’s my theory that Ryan devised this with his Uniparty eunuchs to preserve as much of Obamacare as possible and hang the albatross around his neck as Trumpcare to make him a one term President. Then they could get back to business as usual, importing cheap labor and selling out America.
    Trump for his part did not really care what was in the bill, he just wanted a “win” so he could move on to tax cuts, the Uniparty eunuchs had told him they couldn’t do the tax cuts without doing healthcare first.
    It was a RINO trap and he fell right in and is now driving away the people who voted him into office by attacking the Freedom Caucus.
    I worked darned hard to get rid of the weasel Eric Cantor (who would have voted for Ryancare) and do not appreciate the threats to primary one of the good guys.
    If we had not taken out the weasel Eric Cantor in June of 20124, the Uniparty eunuchs would have passed Rubio’s amnesty the very next day as planned to clear that issue off the table for Yeb! and there would be no President Trump.
    If he thinks he will get cooperation from the Democrats he is delusional and if the keeps siding with the RINOs against conservatives, he’ll be a one term wonder.
    Ask Mr. Read My Lips.

    • BrianR says:

      I have to disagree, VaPat. I think Ryan really is stupid enough to think that his plan was a GREAT “solution”. For years, he was touted as being the wonk boy-genius of the GOP. He believed his own fan club. Hell, he got rewarded for it: Romney’s running mate, and now Speaker.

      I’ll bet he was STUNNED at the rejection.

  2. The Crawfish says:

    If they had actually put in the points Trump promised last year, it would have been much better.

  3. Hardnox says:

    Good post bro.

    My gut tells me that Trump played Ryan. Ryan no doubt told Trump “I’ve got this” and needed Trump’s support. Trump kept his end whereas Ryan crashed and burned. I imagine Ryan was as stunned as Hillary at losing. Now Trump will use it to unseat Ryan who is nothing more than an opportunistic backstabber and beholden to special interests. My 2 cents.

    It was amazing to me that this bill was the best the GOP had after 7 years. WTF!

    • BrianR says:

      Well, again, it’s because no one actually took the time to formulate something for the occasion. They just dusted off Ryan’s POS and called it a day.

      PSP. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. As usual.

  4. captbogus2 says:

    DAMMIT!!! Why does EVERY @#%^!! politician and now EVERY @#$%!! ‘Conservative’ keep Frikking INSISTING on, “Repeal and Replace”? I understand “Repeal” but what is the big thing about “Replace”? Government run Healthcare, aka ‘Obamacare’ is what got our hospitalization insurance industry in this pigshit situation in the first place.
    Repeal the damn thing. Allow for interstate insurance and let the market take care of the rest.
    The government does not need to be involved sticking its nose in my proctoligist’s business.

  5. Nee says:

    Once again, nailing it. I keep trying to tell people it’s not Trump who did it. Trump is forcing others to buck their systems and they’re all proving they’re weenies, yet again. Not any one of them has a spine…least of all Ryan.
    I am also enjoying the idiocy of the lies and BS about Russia, Surveillance and the like…none of which have been proven–except for one thing…that it works for Dems until it doesn’t. And not one media outlet other than Fox yesterday reported on the very high up insider telling that indeed, Nunes is right…even if the belief that the “collection” was illegal, where is the outcry? Not one. A former CIA op said in 25 years of his service did he EVER see unmasking (the new Term du jour…”outing” is not PC, #because LGBT). Democrats will stop at nothing to gain the power their boy King destroyed. 1200+ seats gone under the empty suit AND HRC lost.
    The largest body of hypocrites to ever roam the earth for sure. I can’t even believe the levels people are stooping to. Lower than a snake’s balls.

  6. CW says:

    Horton sounds like a dyed-in-the wool leftist to me. It obviously doesn’t even cross his diseased little mind that healthcare isn’t a government responsibility, but then why should it? Who in the public arena is saying so? Not Trump. Not Ryan. Even the members of the Freedom Caucus aren’t talking about Constitutional limits on the federal gov’t. Instead they’re talking about bringing costs down, at least as far as I’ve heard.

    People don’t seem to understand that Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are pretty much on the same page when it comes to Obamacare. Trump was looking for the miracle bill that would allow him to claim that he was keeping two conflicting promises: repeal Obamacare but “give” everyone great healthcare. He thought Ryan was going to give it to him. It was the evil Freedom Caucus that spoiled the plan. Those guys are going to pay unless they make amends.

    We are not going to get the type of repeal and replace that some tin-earned conservatives imagined when they got on board the Trump train. There was only one way for that to happen and that was for Trump and Republicans to begin by explaining to the American people that the federal gov’t has no business messing with healthcare, so they’re going to repeal Obamacare and THEN use their legislative powers to restore a true free market that would normalize prices, at which point it would be up to Americans to step up and take care of business. They refuse to accept that there’s going to be some pain so they won’t rip off the band-aid.

    It was a nice dream while it lasted.

    • BrianR says:

      CW, you have Horton pegged to a T, and he’s not even the worst of our local socialist blowhards.

      I absolutely agree with your Obamacare assessment, as I mentioned in the column. This is yet another example of the GOP being the PSP, and again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Man… I sound to myself like a broken record (what a dated expression in the era of downloads!) saying that so often, but it’s because they keep doing the same dumb things so often.

      When I reluctantly switched my support to Trump last year I clearly stated it was because of the current and possible upcoming SCOTUS vacancies, which I considered THE most important issue of the election. At least on that front, with Gorsuch, that support has been vindicated. Just between you and me (and anyone else reading these comments — 😀 ) I’ve already written the column I’m going to submit for publication to my local newspaper tomorrow, just as soon as Gorsuch is approved by the Senate. And when they publish it, I’ll be publishing it here, too.

      • Hopeful says:

        Great comments and column, Brian! If you happen to be submitting a column about the Democrats forcing the nuclear option, I hope you will also refute some of the liberal talking points I keep hearing that are driving me nuts. Just today, I heard Juan Williams (Democrat commentator on Fox News) tell Marsha MacCallum that Republicans like to forget that Supreme Court Justice Kennedy was nominated during an election year, implying that Garland’s nomination was no different. However, Juan Williams is totally wrong, and in fact, is just spreading a false narrative so common with the Dems.

        Kennedy was nominated after Reagan’s first Nominee (Bork) was rejected to fill the seat of Powell, who was retiring in June 1987 (MORE than what would be considered an “election year”). Bork was nominated July 1987, but was rejected in October 1987, so Reagan nominated Douglas Ginsburg (not related to RBG), who took his name out of contention due to marijuana use, so finally Reagan nominated Kennedy on November 11, 1987. Kennedy was confirmed to the court on February 11, 1988. Yes, Kennedy was CONFIRMED during the election year, BUT that was only after Reagan’s first and second picks were dismissed for various reasons.

        As you know, I am no Trump fan, but like you, I am thrilled that Gorsuch will be confirmed tomorrow, and I am praying that now that the nuclear option has been employed, that Trump can get at least one more Constitutional Originalist on the court. If that is the case, then I will consider Trump’s Presidency a success even if he can’t do 3/4 of what he promised to do!

      • BrianR says:

        Thanks for the kind words, Hopeful.

        And in answer to your question: yes.

        In fact, I already wrote the column yesterday in anticipation of Gorsuch’s successful confirmation, and literally as soon as that’s done, which will be about 4 PM tomorrow (Friday) our time, I’m sending it in to the Signal. I hit all those points you mentioned, and a whole lot more.

        Stay tuned!

  7. ragnarsbhut says:

    Brian, this post made me think of the statement that the Obamacare bill had to be passed to know what was in it. If they just read it and then took it up for a vote and let the people decide, what is the likelihood that it would have been voted down in your opinion?

    • BrianR says:

      Well, it’s only my opinion, but it’s an opinion shared by many, and I think borne out by any objective examination of the historical record.

      If the Dem/socialists had allowed time for debate of the bill before passage, their lies would have been exposed for what they were and it would never have become law.

      “If you like your doctor and health plan, you can keep your doctor and health plan”, Obozo’s “Lie of the Year”, four Pinocchios, per the Washington comPost.

  8. ragnarsbhut says:

    Brian, I have no respect for liars. The only thing worse than being a liar is being a hypocrite.

  9. ragnarsbhut says:

    Brian, what are your views regarding single payer healthcare?

    • BrianR says:

      The embodiment of socialism. And it will be an abject failure, as well as financial catastrophe. The government has no place nor authority to be involved in healthcare.

      Want to see single-payer in action? Look no further than the VA.

  10. ragnarsbhut says:

    Brian, I am not advocating for that model. The reason I ask is due to the fact that a lot of people do seem to advocate for it.

    • BrianR says:


      Yeah, socialism has eternal appeal to many people in spite of its history of repeated failure. Hey, it’s free stuff! Who’s gonna vote against Santa Claus, right?

      That’s the source of any success it enjoys at the ballot box.

  11. ragnarsbhut says:

    Brian, as is quite often the case, you are preaching to the choir.

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