Obamacare isn't going to be repealed, not today, probably not anytime soon with Republicans forced to pull their proposed replacement at the last second. The would-be appeal died to the chorus of Democrats chanting "vote, vote, vote". And while many are quick to label this as a Trump failure, I can't help but wonder if it's instead a moment of business savvy.
Trump made it clear to Congress: repeal Obamacare on Friday or it stays in place. With most Americans not supporting the GOP replacement plan, and a slight majority actually favoring Obamacare, a Republican Congressional failure would actually be a favorable outcome for Trump. Meanwhile, most of the backlash will be directed at Congress rather than the White House
What Republicans may not yet realize, but what Trump has probably has figured out: repealing Obamacare will be bad for his presidency, and likely even the Republican Party. The most recent poll numbers suggest that only 17 percent of Americans support the Republican plan, while 56 percent disapprove, and the rest were undecided or didn't have enough information.
Brian Brinker is an OpsLens Contributor and political consultant.
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