Republicans are calling it “growing pains”, that they control Congress and the presidency and soon the Supreme Court, and still can’t get a major bill like health care repeal and replacement through. Growing pains sounds like a bogus excuse to me — this was rank incompetence across the board.
There’s nothing for progressives to gloat about, because I’m quite sure Trump and the Republicans in Congress will now try to take down the ACA by a thousand cuts. Trump assumes that then, Democrats will come to him begging for help. I personally don’t think that’s going to work — Republican governors are going to have a lot of constituents suffering if the insurance market destabilizes. This isn’t New York real estate, where you can walk away and it doesn’t matter. Walking away from fixing health care for millions of Americans matters a lot.
The level of disfunction in Congress is really staggering, and I have no illusions that it would have been better had Hillary won — they’d just have been fighting over different things.
I never thought I see the unravelling of democracy in my lifetime, but that’s what we may be witnessing. If bipartisanship is dead, and if the Freedom Caucus won’t agree to anything unless it gets 100% of what it wants, there really is nowhere to go but down.