Trump’s inability to get the GOP to back his healthcare plan has exposed serious rifts within the republican party that seemed united during the election. This has posed serious questions about his and Paul Ryan’s ability to unite the party behind their leadership. The inability to fulfil a much-talked about campaign promise, even with a Republican senate and congress is a serious failure, suggests the Conversation’s Richard Arenberg. He writes that it also pulls the breaks on future legislative plans, in particular Trump's much-publicised tax cuts.
Fortune’s Sy Mukherjee highlights that while the GOP healthcare bill has floundered Obamacare’s opponents still hold several trump cards. The president has threatened to simply let the it fail. He has already worked towards reducing people signing up, which the act relies upon. Advertising for healthcare.gov has been cut. Subsidies for certain customers’ deductibles are being threatened by a pending House of Representative lawsuit. Trump’s hostility towards Obamacare has already led to insurers pulling out from it. The republican-controlled senate, congress and White House still pose a major threat to the ACA.