I’ve said it before and I suppose I’ll say it again – I don’t like this healthcare bill circulating through Congress at the moment, and it’s not because of “muh Conservative principles” or some similar nonsense.
It’s missing much of what was promised to us by President Trump, and if what has been said proves to be true, we’re going to essentially have a plan that will be Obamacare with a few small tweaks and changes.
Premiums and deductibles are likely still going to rise, and the political damage to Trump – thanks, Cuck Ryan – that could come after working-class White Americans see the results could potentially be catastrophic.
But apparently he’s fully-invested in the plan, which seems to be a rare mistake on his part, and we’ll likely see the fruits of his labor come voting time for the bill – supposedly this coming Thursday.
President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning with a clear message for Republicans who have been wobbly about dismantling Obamacare: Give me your vote or you may lose your seat in 2018.
Trump is taking his case directly to Congress, huddling privately with the House GOP conference two days ahead of a planned vote to repeal the 2010 Democratic health care law. It could determine the course of his entire first-term legislative agenda.
The president was accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, both of whom served in the House until recently.
Trump’s warning was one that Speaker Paul Ryan and the House GOP leadership badly wanted delivered to their rank-and file colleagues, many of whom are wary about or outright opposed to the GOP bill.
Trump entered the meeting to loud cheers. He started his remarks, then paused and said, “You guys don’t mind if I go off script?”
“We have a chance to do something fantastic, to do something amazing,” Trump told the lawmakers, according to sources in the room. Trump made the case that voters gave Republicans control of the White House and Congress to do just this.
Trump noted that previous attempts to repeal Obamacare weren’t going to pass the Senate or be signed by President Barack Obama.
“I’m asking for your vote on Thursday,” Trump said. Many of you came in on the pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don’t get this done.”
This is a big gamble for the President, as he stands to lose much – including possible reelection – if things go sour after all is set and done.
My personal wish originally was for this thing to fail in the House, with Paul Ryan taking the flak hard enough that he would lose his Speaker position before too long.
Now we’re faced with a question that is nasty no matter what the answer.
Do we let this thing pass, and have Trump look like a fool if insurance prices become too much for most to afford?
Or do we want the bill to fail, and risk collateral damage to Trump due to his intense support of Ryan’s idiocy?