Trump Won’t Endorse Specific Obamacare Replacement Plan Tonight
This is basically what I’d argued this morning.
Bottom link is Trump is a performance artist pretending to be a business man who is now the illegitimate President of the United States. He’s always going to keep it vague as he has no idea.
“President Donald Trump will not embrace a specific plan to replace Obamacare or overhaul the country’s tax code in his major speech Tuesday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told GOP officials, but will make an aggressive case for building infrastructure and increasing school choice.”
“The overarching theme is economic opportunity and job creation,” Spicer said in a briefing to aides on Capitol Hill, according to audio obtained by POLITICO.
Those are just vague, overarching themes which are impossible to not want to see but no idea of how to get there. I’d love to be eight foot tall and the leading scorer on the NY Knicks. That’s also a great theme.
“I don’t think you’re going to see that level of specificity,” Spicer said about the border adjustment tax being pushed by Speaker Paul Ryan. “He’s going to outline the broad contours,” Spicer said about health care, explaining the president would not embrace a specific plan.
Totally expected, though not good news for Republicans who come in hoping that somehow Trump-of all people-can save them from their repeal and replace morass.
“Republicans near make-or-break moment on Obamacare repeal.”
“As Mitch McConnell calls a special all-members meeting, GOP leaders are under mounting pressure with no room for error.”
They can’t afford to lose more than two GOP Senators. And they’re trusting in Donald Trump who’s not a great businessman but plays one on tv.
“Instead, Trump will make a bipartisan pitch to encourage Democrats to work with Republicans on fixing Obamacare, building infrastructure and crafting an immigration reform bill. The president plans to cast education as a civil rights issue in a push for school choice and will ask Democrats and Republicans alike to consider sending him an immigration bill.”
“Infrastructure should be something that the Democrats largely welcome,” Spicer said. Trump will say health care needs to be a “bipartisan” effort, Spicer said.
You’re hearing a lot of talk today about Trump’s desire to go bipartisan on infrastructure and immigration. Paul Waldman says it best:
“Abby Phillip and Philip Rucker report that we could get another go-round on comprehensive immigration reform:
A senior Trump administration official said during a meeting at the White House Tuesday that the president is open to pursuing a compromise immigration reform bill, according to one attendee.
According to the official, Trump hopes that both sides can come together to draft legislation in his first term that holistically addresses the country’s immigration system. The official’s comments were first reported by CNN. The comments were made during a lunch meeting between Trump and journalists ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress.
The Washington Post confirmed with an attendee that the administration official said that Trump was considering addressing the issue in his speech on Tuesday night.
That “senior administration official” could be Trump himself. In any case, I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Waldman is talking specifically about immigration but the same goes for infrastructure or anything else. Certainly if he is interested in doing something for the Dreamers-as he’s suggested-Dems will be all over that.
But I won’t believe a word of it until I see it. Not believing Trump hasn’t failed anyone yet.
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