President Trump today signaled that he is going to put the pressure on Republicans to reverse course and try to pass a health care bill. Personally, I don’t think this is over.
It’s unfortunate that Trump was not a better dealmaker. From all reports I have seen, he never mastered the details of the bill and therefore was not completely able to work his considerable dealmaking skills on lawmakers who care about such things. Those with objections to the legislation are particularly in the weeds on this.
Trump meets with the entire Senate GOP caucus – minus John McCain, I assume, who is ailing – at 12:30 in the State Dining Room
I will be having lunch at the White House today with Republican Senators concerning healthcare. They MUST keep their promise to America!
He’s right, they must keep their promise. The reason they have power is to repeal and replace Obamacare. That’s why they were voted in, more than anything. Failure to accomplish the mission is an insult to voters. And if they don’t do this, they’ll be facing demands for socialism in the form of single payer next.
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!
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.
Well, the Washington Establishment is striking back. It truly would be one of the great examples of political fraud if Republicans got themselves elected to Congress on a vow to end Obamacare only to wuss out when the opportunity arose. Sen. Mitch McConnell, no doubt personally miffed that President Trump has interfered with his plans… Continue Reading
President Trump Wednesday was asked about noises Senate Minority leadeer Chuck Schumer is making about negotiating on health care. Trump, a dealmaker who understands people, suggested Schumer had a long way to go to prove to him that he is serious. And Trump is right. Schumer is just worried about accusations he’s hearing that Democratic,… Continue Reading
When Obamacare was being passed, some conservatives said darkly that it was just a stalking horse for the Democrats’ Holy Grail, a single-payer program, through which the government provides health care for all. These conservatives said Obamacare wasn’t workable, that Democrats knew it, and that once it failed, they would be calling for single-payer in… Continue Reading
A bombshell from the Washington Examiner: Health Insurance giant Aetna said Wednesday that it will not be participating in any Obamacare exchanges in 2018. “Our individual Commercial products lost nearly $700 million between 2014 and 2016, and are projected to lose more than $200 million in 2017 despite a significant reduction in membership,” T.J. Crawford,… Continue Reading
Okay, let’s be honest about what Barack Obama is doing here, since he won’t be. Even at an event at which he accepted the “Profiles in Courage” award, he lacks the courage to say what he truly means. First of all, he started out his acceptance speech Sunday night at The John F. Kennedy Library… Continue Reading
The House is led by a man, Speaker Paul Ryan, who is very smart and very rational. That doesn’t always get results. While Ryan was doing what seemed to be the perfectly reasonable thing, counting lawmakers’ votes, President Trump was counting votes of a different kind: The number of votes that had been taken on… Continue Reading
This is a big step. A lot of people will say that the bill is dead in the Senate and that whatever comes back to the House will be even harder to pass. But that’s not exactly true. Once these things get moving, the pressure ratchets up on lawmakers of the president’s party to support… Continue Reading
Incredibly for someone who took his skills for marketing and branding straight from Fifth Avenue to the Oval Office, President Trump seems to lack a basic understanding of two of the most essential elements of getting things done in Washington: marketing and branding. Trump is failing on Capitol Hill. His Obamacare repeal proposal is again… Continue Reading