Trump’s Bait and Switch on Entitlements
“For many months on the campaign trail, Donald Trump sent a clear message about his fellow Republicans: Ideologically, I’m not one of them. This wasn’t just true of trade, but also of safety net programs that protect, among others, low-income whites. President Trump, he said, won’t let people die in the streets, and will protect Medicare and Social Security from those heartless Paul Ryan types who are forever salivating at the chance to slash them to ribbons.”
“But now the New York Times reports that congressional Republicans believe they’ll be able to get around this niggling problem. Republicans have seen Trump appoint people who want to downsize the safety net — like Rep. Tom Price to oversee health care and Rep. Mick Mulvaney to shepherd the budget — and they think Trump can be persuaded to forget about all that inconvenient campaign talk”
This is what was so tricky about Trump’s ‘win.’ The GOP wants to act like it has a huge mandate, Trump”s 3 million popular vote loss not withstanding. But even if you believe Trump has a mandate, it’s not a mandate for GOP policies, which he largely ran against during the primary and general.
GOP policies are even less popular than Trump himself. I have no doubt that the GOP hopes Trump will see it their way on Medicaid as well as Obamacare and Price and Mulvaney certainly are good harbingers for them.
The good news is that so far Trump has been totally inept implementing policy through Congress. He claims there will be an ACA repeal plan soon and this morning Steve Mnuchin claimed tax reform will be done before Summer break.
Talk about believe it when you see it.
Speaking of ‘Repeal and Replace’:
“REPEAL RUNS INTO TROUBLE IN THE HOUSE: The Times reports that House Republicans are divided between conservatives who want repeal immediately and more vulnerable Republicans who don’t want repeal without a replacement:
Among the increasingly concerned Republicans are those who represent the 24 congressional districts that Hillary Clinton won in the presidential election…and another dozen in districts that President Barack Obama took in 2012 but President Trump won in November. If 25 conservative hard-liners oppose any robust replacement plan, and 30 swing-district House members demand a more generous plan, passage of a compromise bill will be in jeopardy.
“It still seems likely large chunks of the law will be repealed, but the point is, passing a repeal bill is suddenly no longer a foregone conclusion now that it can actually happen.”
It’s amazing but the one thing that could make ACA popular is the GOP plan to repeal it.
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