The Senate now takes up the House bill, which it will not and cannot pass. The Senate will try to write its own bill.
While House Republicans celebrated the passage of their Obamacare replacement bill by busing over to the White House’s Rose Garden for a celebratory press conference, their Senate counterparts were already working to manage expectations, declaring they are going to write an entirely separate bill.
The Senate may indeed pass a bill, but it will likely be a bill that the House Republicans will find difficult to vote for.
The end result, the bill dies before it even has the chance to reach Trump’s desk and his anxiously awaiting pen.
Then we have the problem facing health care exchanges across the country where fewer and fewer carriers are offering coverage on the Obamacare exchanges.
When all the dust settles, the Republicans can at least say, “We tried.” The Democrats, however, will only be able to take credit for preserving a broken system.