Shock, awe, tears and cheers in Ga. after GOP health bill collapses

WASHINGTON — There were plenty of ominous signs Friday that the House GOP did not have the votes to pass its health care overhaul, but that didn’t make anything less dramatic shortly after 3:30 p.m., when the news was broken to Republican lawmakers that their effort to overhaul Obamacare had collapsed.

The looks on the faces of many congressmen coming out of a closed-door meeting in the bowels of the U.S. Capitol was nothing short of shell-shocked. Early reaction from lawmakers ranged from the hopeful to the upset.

“The game’s not over,” Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, insisted. “We’re taking a half time right here to go home, get some rest, come back and continue on.”

“It’s never going to happen,” Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., said five minutes earlier.

 


 

Some were willing to pin the blame of the bill’s collapse on the hard-line members of the House Freedom Caucus, the main group of holdouts. Many members of the conservative group wouldn’t bite on the legislation, even after leaders made eleventh-hour changes Thursday to pull back on Obamacare’s “essential health benefits,” one of their key asks.

“I guess people who like Obamacare can thank the Freedom Caucus,” Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, said minutes after the decision to pull the legislation was announced. “People who wanted us to replace it should know that the majority of us were trying to do the right thing and get a new piece of legislation passed.”

Rep. Doug Collins, a member of the House leadership team, also didn’t hold back.

“Because I am convinced that human life and dignity deserve fierce protection under the law, I am unable to understand how many of my colleagues allowed political myopia to prevent them from supporting the opportunity to defund America’s largest abortion peddler,” the Gainesville Republican said.

By our tally, eight of Georgia’s nine House Republicans were planning to vote for the legislation. The lone critic was Jody Hice of Monroe, Georgia’s only Freedom Caucus member. He had rejected earlier versions of the bill, but his position on its final incarnation was unknown.

After the legislation was shelved, Hice thanked Ryan and the White House for being willing to negotiate.

“This is all part of the legislative process and taking the time to do it right will ultimately lead us to a good place — the full repeal of Obamacare in favor of market-oriented health care solutions that benefit all Americans,” he said in a statement.

Democrats, bruised at the polls after years of GOP batterings on the Affordable Care Act, cheered the news. They had been universally opposed to the measure.

“Now that this dangerous legislation has been pulled from House consideration, I am hopeful that we can instead come together to improve on the progress we have made with the Affordable Care Act,” Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, said.

In an impassioned speech on the House floor earlier Friday, Atlanta Democrat John Lewis called the legislation a “shame” and a “disgrace.”

“For what does it profit this body to pass this bill and lose our soul?” he said.

Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, was in more of an introspective mood when we caught up with him on Friday afternoon.

“I think everybody’s emotions are pretty high right now,” he said. “I put this down as a missed opportunity. But the question isn’t ‘what did we disagree about this time around.’ The question is what do we do to learn from this experience. We don’t know what that answer is now.”

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47 comments
Jane Scroggins
Jane Scroggins

It was a poorly written bill from what I understand. I only hate that defeating it gave the liberal socialists something to crow about!

Taryn O McCoy
Taryn O McCoy

Had years to come up with an alternative. Please \U0001f602\U0001f602

William Tullis
William Tullis

Goes to show that not only do the Democrats not worry about the health care of the citizens of this country but neither does the GOP.:)

Warren Winter
Warren Winter

Forget making healthcare insurance affordable, make healthcare affordable.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

I swear if I ever hear anyone say "there's not a dime's bit of difference" between Trump and Hillary again--that person may have a permanent limp.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

The GOP wants to CULL the US population. If you don't see that by now, there's no hope for you.

Nolan Sims
Nolan Sims

We will now just watch it imp;ode, then the libs will cry that no one stopped it from imploding!

Mildred Tice
Mildred Tice

But the kicker is: #45, the selfish POTUS, has been saying for 2 years HE was going to do away with ACA...As a matter of fact, I believe he was going ask for a bill on his first day in office......when he did not do the other things he said he was going to do on first day.....oops...

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

LET THE STUPID OBAMA CARE DISASTER IMPLODE ! it will from every thing I hear ! What complete disaster ..as usual coming from DEMONUTS !

Renee Rainey Johnson
Renee Rainey Johnson

Republicans never wanted everyone to be eligible for healthcare anyway. What makes people think they would have given us something better than Obamacare?

Cecelia Landress
Cecelia Landress

People are not all eligible for affordable health care. Is it fair for people to have to pay thousands a year and not even go to the doctor. Obamacare is only costing the tax payers more money than the care offered pre- obamacare. Governement needs to step out of the insurance game

Luanne West
Luanne West

LBefore the ACA (Obamacare) passed, insurance companies could drop people on a whim; could sentence them to death via the "no coverage for pre-existingconditions rule" or imposing a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage no matter what. The ACA passed and fixed all that and added good things like staying on parental insurance till age 26, and subsidies to help people afford coverage. The GOP vowed to destroy the ACA. They wasted myriad time and money voting to repeal it. The democrats, acknowledging the ACA had problems, offered a standing invitation to the GOP to work together to improve the ACA. The GOP refused. Trump promised an amazing plan that would cover everyone with low premiums and better care (and unicorns and rainbows). Trumpcare was a fast and dirty vehicle to give a tax break to the super rich, and benefit big pharma and big insurance. Everyone saw through this disaster (AARP, AMA, doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc). Some teapublicans are mad that the bill was too beneficial to women! TRUMPCARE FAILED. The art was not in this deal! Now, our president, who is SUPPOSED TO HOLD THE WELFARE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS FOREMOST, is saying he's not concerned! Let the ACA fail and HURT millions of people, then the Democrats will come begging. And you can bet Trump and big insurance/pharma will do their best to destroy the ACA actually killing people. Killing. People. To sum up, Trump is not hesitating one second to let people suffer as long as HE WINS?! What does that say about his morals, character, soul? Does he have one? What is the underlying mores of the GOP? From where I sit, it's give tax breaks to big corporations and the super rich, and screw everyone else including the animals and the planet too!

Lisa Taylor Buffington
Lisa Taylor Buffington

I see you like many others watch to much TV you don't have a clue about the THOUSANDS of Americans who CAN NOT qualify for Obamacare because they don't have enough income or they can't afford a $400.00 monthly premium😡‼ and they have a job an NOT 5 kids at home they don't even qualify for medicaid. But hey let's keep Obamacare and GROWN ADULTS on their parents plans because we just don't want them to GROW THE HECK UP AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR SELFS ‼‼‼‼

Luanne West
Luanne West

Those exact people are what the Medicade expansion was designed to cover. Only red state governors care more about their cruel party ideals than they do about their citizens and refused it! And it would not have cost them one red cent for several years, THEN they could have dropped it.

Luanne West
Luanne West

Those very people are who Medicaid expansion was designed in the ACA to cover. Red state governors, who put party over the wellbeing of their citizens, refused to accept it, hurting their own folks, even though it would not have cost them one red cent. Every other civilized country in the entire world has a single payer system where big insurance, big pharma, big hospitals and big healthcare delivery corporations like KaiserP do not get to make obscene profits off of the health and lives of citizens. Here's a post from a Canadian who has single payer: This Canadian feels so sorry for Americans worried about health care. I can see any doctor I choose and in my 62 years I have never met a person who went to the States for medical care. I willingly pay my taxes (31%) to cover my health insurance. Ignore the idiots who say our tax rates are outrageous. I just had a cancerous growth removed - didn't cost me a cent. I had to wait a whole 9 days between diagnosis and surgery by the specialist. 10 years ago, I spent 2 months in the hospital, including intensive care, after a massive stroke. Again, didn't pay a cent. This is how every other modern country behaves because we don't rely on “the free market system” when it comes to our health. Profit and greed have no place in health care. We don't have “access” to health care. We have health care. Grow up, Republicans.

Melody Dareing
Melody Dareing

Where was this celebration? I didn't see anyone celebrating. Most people I know weren't really supportive of it, but were hopeful something better could be done. They weren't celebrating defeat.

Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

Just get the hell out of health care altogether, turn it over to the states and let them work it out. Then, each state can negotiate with the insurance companies on behalf of it's citizens to try and get group rate, as in all citizens of said state be the group. If the federal govn't wants to do anything related to healthcare, then negotiate with big pharma for lower prescription prices!

Joanne Eaves Morton
Joanne Eaves Morton

The ACA allowed each state to develop it's own exchange. Georgia chose not to do that. Very big mistake that has hurt many people.

Maureen DeLong Beamer
Maureen DeLong Beamer

Georgia never expanded Medicaid. They NEVER had a high-risk pool for those with pre-existing conditions. They have proven they DO NOT CARE about vulnerable populations. If it ever goes back to the states you better get out of GA. The Fed Govt needs to set benefits to be covered or be prepared to research all the states and move if you have to

Randy Flanagan
Randy Flanagan

#3 is new But Drew Ferguson Did you think about us once?

Jo West Buffington
Jo West Buffington

I said all along just let the dang thing fail. Government shouldn't be involved in free enterprise anyway.

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

Actually, they're better off. Everyone knows obamacare WILL collapse; the Republican plan was incomplete, but will be ready when obamacare is no longer on life support.

William Davenport
William Davenport

Susan if you can't take time out to read, pay attention and stay focused then you deserve to get a dirt bag like Trump. I don't have any sympathy for you.

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

William Davenport Did you REALLY think I'd read all that BS? Democrats are at once elitist and yet, smart as a box of rocks. I will never vote for another democrat; I've watched both parties very carefully and the democrats are filthy thieves on their best days.

Genie Karr
Genie Karr

Constance! I really could care less what you think!! Ha I will make any embarrassing statement I want to make ! In fact I think you have problems! I was talking to George! Guess you like to just embarrassing yourself Ha

Maria Tully
Maria Tully

Says the girl who can't even read a paragraph \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f62d\U0001f62d\U0001f62d ^^^

William Davenport
William Davenport

Of course, it will collapse because Republicans prevented the full ACA from being implemented. If you sabotage something from working, it doesn't necessarily mean that the idea wouldn't work. You actually have to give the idea a full chance to work with all mechanisms in place before you can really say if it was a good idea or bad idea. So far, the ACA wasn't given a full opportunity because Republican governors and representatives sabotaged and prevented it from working. What we do know was that what we had BEFORE Obamacare wasn't working which is what the Republicans wanted to go back to: a healthcare system which had worse outcomes than the healthcare systems of other developed countries. It's a common tactic of Republicans to sabotage an idea and say "See this idea doesn't work" when in fact, the idea was never given a chance in the first place because Republicans prevented full implementation of the idea to begin with and then blame the democrats or the idea itself and never really actually giving the idea the full chance it deserves. For the Republicans it's all about gutting healthcare for the American people and giving tax breaks to rich people who bought them off in Congress. And if that means sabotaging a potentially good idea which would work well for the economy and the average American, then so be it as far as the Republicans are concerned.

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

William Davenport Democrats are dirtbags, and I don't need sympathy. If you want to throw away the United States, be my guest; I will fight you all the way. Good evening, sir. I don't try to educate people who prefer ignorance,

William Davenport
William Davenport

If name calling is all you got then you don't have any education or ideas to offer anybody. You do have plenty of hate venom though but no solutions. I embrace solutions, ideas, real leadership and action not name calling or finger pointing. You should do the same instead of just talking big.

Genie Karr
Genie Karr

Susan, you are so right! Democrats just sit on their butts! Will not vote for anything Except their crap! Will not confirm anyone! They just March! They do no how to run their mouths ! Lies ! And more lies ! Never trust a democrat

Maria Tully
Maria Tully

I don't understand, and never will, how people can make sweeping statements about any vast group of people. ALL democrats are dirtbags? ALL democrats lie? Like, please. I know people who say the same kind of stuff about Republicans all being uneducated rednecks who only care about their guns. Also false. Every person is just trying to look out for their own interests and make decisions for the sake of their families. I'm sure you ladies are. And even though I am a "liberal bleeding heart democrat", and I'm sure we disagree on a lot, I also can see that there could be even more than we can relate to each other as human beings. I would never make sweeping generalizations about people, and I'd encourage you to do the same.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

The biggest problems with the ACA have been caused by federal & state level republican politicians & greedy insurance company CEOs. Is that short enough for your gnat attention span ??

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Genie Karr the biggest problems with the ACA have been caused by federal & state level republican politicians & greedy insurance company CEOs. Research it with CREDIBLE SOURCES before you make another embarrassing statement that shows your immense ignorance.

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Maria Tully is that what happened to Oblundercare , They passed it before they read it . Remember the famous words of Nancy P. . You have to pass it to see whats in it ! Doomed for failure when it started .

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

The GOP was in a no-win situation. Had this Draconian piece of legislation passed they'd be in for a real thumping in the midterms, which are close enough for people to remember their representative's vote, and far off enough for the effects to be felt. But not passing this also means they didn't keep their biggest promise to their base. So far (thank Heaven): no immigration ban; no Mexico-funded wall; no healthcare gutting. The GOP is incredibly good at criticism. They're incredibly bad at leading. Trump promised they'd win so much, they'd get tired of winning. Maybe he's just making sure winning doesn't go to their heads. How long will it take for either Ryan to get forced out, or Trump to get impeached?

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Lisa, not passing this bill only hurt rich people who care not one itty bitty bit about you and your angry emogis, cap-locking, endless supply of exclamation points and etceteras.

Lisa Taylor Buffington
Lisa Taylor Buffington

You're correct in "People Will Remember" 😡‼ There is not one single thing about the things that were NOT passed going to help the MAJORITY of Americans ‼ So yes come 2018 I will guarantee A LOT of democrats are going to LOSE their seats because for once people are paying attention to those who run on promises to "help American families" and then once in office decide We The People Really Don't Matter 😡😡‼‼ and while I'm at it let me remind you...... It isn't President Trump nor the Republican Party that failed the American Families IT IS A BUNCH OF SELFISH DEMOCRATS WHO ARE HELL BENT ON NOTHING GETTING ACCOMPLISHED REGARDLESS OF WHO IT HURTS‼‼😡

Another comment
Another comment

700,000 Georgian have obtained insurance because of the ACA aka Obamacare. They are your next door neighbors. They are the small business owners and the farmers in the state. This is without Medicaid expansion. Does anyone think without the ACA our Atlanta area hosptals would be undertaking $1 billion dollar plus expansions over on North Druid Hills and Briar Cliff. Or Building Satatlite campuses up off Johnsons Ferry, and other areas of town. pharmacies have added staff, doctors offices have added stafff, insurance companies have added staff.

weetamoe
weetamoe

Let Obamacare collapse. Do not bail out insurance companies. Do not expand medicare. 

Starik
Starik

@weetamoe Obamacare didn't go far enough. Join the other first world countries and have a national health system.

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