Obamacare remains the law of the land. In the early morning hours on July 27, 2017, the GOP senators failed to vote for a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. The key vote came from Republican Senator John McCain who decided to vote “no” on the bill. He was joined by fellow Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, who also cast “no” votes. With all Democrats voting “no,” the bill ended with a count of 49-51 count.

The “skinny repeal,” which was only eight pages long and crafted a few hours before the vote, was unpopular with several Republican senators. If the “skinny repeal” would have passed, the Congressional Budget Office projected that 16 million Americans would lose health care. It would have also led to a 20 percent increase in premiums each year. Several leading health organizations and 10 governors spoke out against the bill before the vote. The “skinny repeal” essentially didn’t solve the health care issues in America; it would have made things worse.

But President Donald Trump and other Republicans who sided with the skinny repeal never took the time to solve the problems associated with healthcare. Instead, their entire agenda was an attempt to destroy the legacy of former President Barack Obama’s signature bill. There was never an attempt to make Obamacare better for Americans. Instead, Trump and his fellow Republicans treated the bill as if it was a political sport. They were more interested in a win than creating a solution.

In the end, their shortsightedness proved to be their downfall.

Obamacare will remain the law, as millions will continue to have access to health coverage. Moments after the vote, Trump tweeted in anger by posting, “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch.”

Even in defeat, Trump’s hate for Obama remains apparent. It’s a form of hatred that nearly caused chaos in the healthcare industry and would have led to 16 million Americans without health coverage.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • britishrose

    number one obama will go down in history as one of the most innovative of all the presidents even lincon and kennedy . we love kennedy but let something happen to obama and you will see a national close down of banks and stores for weaks . obama is more important than the republican old fools can handle sorry a black man showed america what only kennedy had done. CLASS , sorry a black aman happen to be white too . with a pretty smile and a charm that could melt. a ice cube in alaska , sorry his wife was pure black beautiful and classy and his kids were normal , smart and intelligent ., and classy . sorry obama was smart enough to creat a health bill that put poor people back into health care when bush ,, turned his back on heatlth care all together … sorry we are the most talented of races , sorry we didnt committe any crimes on america but white man has by shooting cops , buring schools down and hanging blacks from trees . sorrrrrry we are the people for the people and we stand by the people who fight against police brutality . and cover up . . make no dam
    mistake obama is the king