On Monday, President Trump took another swipe at the media, blaming them for the difficulty in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
“So the press is making it look so wonderful that if we end it, everyone’s going to say, ‘Oh, remember how great ObamaCare used to be? Remember how wonderful it used to be? It used to be so great?’” the president told reporters in the Roosevelt Room.
Ooooo… I ‘member!
I don’t think it would be quite like that, if the Republicans can pull it together and do the right thing, here.
The right thing would be to keep their campaign promises and repeal. Send it back to the states and let the market decide.
Instead, Republicans want to offer up Obamacare-right, give it a different name, then claim they did the work.
Part of what they’re offering is tax credits based on income, to help people purchase plans.
You know – like Obamacare.
The outrage over the current proposal is bipartisan, although for different reasons.
President Trump insists that this must be ramrodded through. We can’t wait. We can figure out what’s in it after we pass it.
Wait… even that has an ominous feel of familiarity to it.
“The Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position … by repealing ObamaCare,” he said. “They’re not going to see the devastation in ’17, or ’18 or ’19. It will be gone by then, whether we do it or not, it will be imploded off the map.”
Shouldn’t that be “by NOT repealing Obamacare”?
The president may very well be referring to some recent polls that have emerged, showing support for Obamacare suddenly rising since the election.
That could be chalked up to several different things, not the least of which could be apprehension over how Trump will handle the healthcare issue.
That could all be settled by putting forth a substantive, workable plan, rather than offering up more of the same, but with a different logo.