Ever since the Republican Party announced their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, it's been met with nearly universal backlash. With liberals thinking the bill is too conservative, and conservatives thinking the bill is too liberal, the GOP was forced to postpone a vote in the House of Representatives until Friday.


During the entire eight-year administration of Barack Obama, Republicans made it a point to obstruct and push back at almost all of the legislation that was put forward, with opposition to Obamacare being their number goal.

After Donald Trump was elected last November, it was seen as only a matter of time before Obamacare was on the chopping block, with Republicans finally getting their wish to repeal the law in question. The GOP alternative, known as the American health care Act, was analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office who found that as many as 24 million Americans could lose their insurance over the next 10 years if the bill became law. While Republicans might be in control of Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the president have faced harsh backlash from lawmakers, which resulted in Trump threatening those who oppose it during a private meeting earlier this week. After the party decided to postpone the vote, a host on CNN ripped into the GOP during a March 23 broadcast.

Kicking off the program, CNN host Jake Tapper mocked the Republican party over their failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. "It turns out it’s a lot easier for Republican leaders to say ‘repeal and replace’ than to do it,” Tapper said. Tapper noted that it was the 7th anniversary of Obamacare becoming law, stating that Republicans have been "planning, hoping, dreaming" of repealing the law ever since.

"Now weeks after optimistic talk from House leaders, declarations from White House secretary Sean Spicer that ‘the bill will pass the House tonight and there is no Plan B,’ well, the bill was in such peril Republican leaders pulled it and postponed the vote," Jake Tapper pointed out.

Tapper continued, noting that critics have labeled the GOP effort as an 'embarrassing and ignominious move," before himself calling it "so humiliating." The CNN host went on to say that the Republican's botched attempt to replace Obamacare "signifies the only thing worse would have been to actually bring it to a vote where Republican leaders were apparently confident it would die."

Moving forward

Over the last week, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and others have made a strong push to sell the American Health Care Act as a positive, but it hasn't gone according to plan.

The president even took to Twitter early Thursday morning, bashing Obamacare while attaching a video statement pleading with the American people to call their representatives and support the GOP-backed bill. Despite his best efforts, support for the replacement has continue to fall, as Republicans are now forced to go back to the drawing board.