Posted by: Audrey Erbes | March 26, 2017

Trumpcare Goes Down in Defeat

Was the Defeat Of Trumpcare a Rookie Mistake or Disregard of Constituent Needs?

The American Health Care Act or Trumpcare never got to the starting line for a vote in the House. The Affordable Care Act, despite some flaws that could be mended by a nonpartisan Congress, continues in place. Trump blames the Democrats for not supporting its passage but also threatened to take down our current health care while Health agency is under the control of his appointed director Tom Price. #45’s total self-absorption makes it impossible for him to care about what is best for the American people or even understand what is at stake. His disregard for citizens along with total ignorance of governing and even knowing how legislation is brought to floor for vote were other factors in this big defeat.

President Trump doesn’t understand that his pugnacious approach to business deals doesn’t fit a democratic arena and House Speaker Ryan doesn’t understand what may be good for his Republican political career may not be effective in governing for the people. Despite his promises to deliver a vote on the American Health Care Act right up until the last moment, Trump’s threats and speaking from the bully pulprit didn’t convince the moderate Congressional Republicans to drop their concerns about facing their constituencies in 2018 nor the far right fail to move from their narrow ideology of spending money on the “other” being unacceptable. It was the cruel naiveté of the final bill—which offered to eliminate the ten essential health benefits—and unrealistic expectation that there were enough votes in the Republican party to carry it across the finish line that condemned passage of the bill.

The new administration and Speaker Paul Ryan tried to rush through a terrible piece of legislation that the majority of Americans oppose. “Their bill would have stripped health care away from millions of Americans and ended Medicaid as we know it. It would have taken us back to the days when insurance companies could choose not to cover essential health benefits like maternity or mental health coverage.” Source: Jim Messina, Co-Chair Organizing for Action

Remember that this defeat won’t eliminate the threat of Trump seeking revenge on the Affordable Care Act through a slow death under his administration. We must fight on for an improved ACA or better still Medicare for all to bring the USA to the standard of the Western world. The response of Americans to the heartless AHCA reminds us we now have an opportunity to work on eliminating the power of the top wealthy citizens who don’t share our historic values or believe in looking after our neighbors. There is much to do but an aware populace can achieve much.

Bioscience Events in Bay Area Week of March 26, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, March 28, 2017, Topic: “BioNews and Open Forum Discussions,” Speaker: Harry Wachob, President & Founder of B2DG
  • JLABS, Tuesday Morning, March 28, 2017, Topic: “Meet with …MPM Capital ”Program Overview,” Speakers: Vinay Bhaskar, Ph.D., Principal with MPM Capital;Luke Evnin | Managing Director, MPM Capital
  • Biomedical Engineering Society, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Event: 8th Annual Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference-Medical Devices in the Connected World
  • Bioscience Forum, Wednesday Evening, March 29, 2017, Topic: “Leveraging Biotech’s Novel Platforms to Tackle Global Health: A Unique Business Model to Overcome Financial Barriers,” Speaker: Eric Easom,Vice President Neglected Disease R&D, Anacor Pharmaceuticals (Acquired by Pfizer June, 2016)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Event: 8th Annual Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference-Medical Devices in the Connected World
  • PBSS Workshop, Thursday Afternoon, March 30 2017, Event: “Best CMC Practices for Successful Drug Development and Commercialization: Leveraging QbD and risk-based strategies for efficient CMC development,” Speakers: Prabu Nambiar, Edward Ciolkowski, James Bush (Syner-G Pharma Consulting)
  • AWIS NCC Workshop, Saturday, April 1, 2017, Workshop: “Leadership by Design: Using Design Thinking to transform your Career,” Workshop Leader: Christopher Ireland

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through June 2017 with Audreys Picks March 26 2017and Jobs That Crossed My Desk Through March 26, 2017





  1. Well said. Thx!!

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