President Trump Tuesday morning tweeted that Republicans should just let Obamacare continue to fail, changing strategies after it became clear Monday night that the repeal and replace bill could not pass as two additional Republcians joined two others in opposition.
As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
This morning’s tweet signalled that White House officials had settlted a new way forward after Trump last night advocated via tweet passing a bill simply to repeal Obamacare without immediately replacing it. That approach may well have lacked the votes as well.
With the threat of repeal, Obamacare’s popularity has increased. Trump appears to be betting that once chaos ensues as Obamacare falls apart, the desire for something different will increase. But Republicans will have to do a better PR job than they have in the past on the issue, as Democrats will immediately begin whining that Republicans are destroying the bill by failling to work with them to “improve it.”
Which is a bit like a car dealer selling you a vehicle that turns out to have been defective and then asking you to pay to repair it.