No Matter What Trump Says Tonight, ACA Repeal Will Remain a Long and Uncertain Slog
There just isn’t the consensus within the party. This is what John Boehner said: Republicans can’t agree on healthcare.
“President Donald Trump may rally Republicans on a strategy to repeal and replace Obamacare in his speech to Congress Tuesday night. But the reality is his administration still has to contend with huge divisions within the GOP that have turned its top policy goal into a long and uncertain slog.”
“Republicans lack consensus on such basic questions as how much to spend to reshape the health system, how much financial help to give Americans to buy insurance and how to come up with the money to pay for it all.”
“The GOP hoped to march into Washington with unified control over the government in January and quickly scrap the law Republicans repeatedly promised would be eliminated. But they got stuck, to the delight of Democrats. The leak of the House’s draft legislation last week shows just how far Republicans have to go on a bill that can win over the disparate factions of the party and the public.”
Just yesterday, Trump had come to the amazing realization that repealing Obamacare is ‘hard.’ During the campaign he’d always made it sound like the easiest thing in the world. If the GOP is hoping for Trump to have an epiphany on healthcare tonight, they’re going to be disappointed. Judging by the bullet points the WH has put out he’s going to keep it vague tonight-as these speeches often are.
Of course, Trump’s history also suggests he’ll keep it vague. Trump is just a performance artist who pretended to be a businessman who’s now pretending to be President.
It’s unlikely to have the guidance GOPers are begging for.
“Republicans beg Trump for direction with Capitol Hill address.”
“GOP lawmakers want guidance on how to handle Obamacare and tax reform.”
“Republicans won unified control of government nearly four months ago — yet find their party’s agenda stalled amid infighting. Now GOP lawmakers are pinning their hopes on President Donald Trump to break the logjam and take control.”
“Forget another campaign speech. The GOP wants Trump to grab the bully pulpit Tuesday with his first address to a joint session of Congress and lay out a viable path to complete the difficult tasks of overhauling the nation’s health care system, rewriting the tax code and building a massive wall on the southern border.”
“If the president fails to whip bickering lawmakers into line, his most important campaign promises could wither on Capitol Hill.”
“He’s got a bully pulpit, not only with the country, but with members of Congress,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Senate Republican. “If you want to start getting a convergence of thought and direction up here, the president can do a lot to make that happen.”
“Trump’s often ambiguous policy views may have been an effective campaign tactic, but these days they are a major source of confusion to members of his own party. And time may be running out for Trump to capitalize on what political momentum he still retains to push through his agenda amid Democratic resistance and GOP divisions.”
The GOP will be lucky if Trump doesn’t talk about his campaign win and 5 million illegal votes again. But he will as always keep it vague. That’s what you expect from a performance artist pretending to be a businessman who got elected to be President with the help of James Comey and Putin.
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