Trump’s Fallback Plan if Trumpcare Fails
He hates to have it called Trumpcare.
After all, he ran as the one Republican who doesn’t want people to die in the streets and Trumpcare is all about ‘freedom’ according to House GOPers; mostly the freedom to die in the streets when the insurance companies use their freedom not to cover you.
Trump’s backup plan is to blame Democrats if/when Trumpcare goes down. Greg Sargent:
“The GOP drive to destroy Obamacare took another hit Thursday morning, when conservative Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted that the House GOP repeal-and-replace bill is probably dead on arrival in the Senate. Cotton even called on his House colleagues to “start over.” The Arkansas Republican is an ally of Trump — who favors the GOP bill — so this is somewhat significant.”
“But fear not: If the GOP repeal drive does fail in Congress, Trump has a secret, backup plan to kill the Affordable Care Act. And it’s actually a pretty good plan, if you view it from the point of view of Trump and many Republicans.”
In an Oval Office meeting featuring several leaders of conservative groups already lining up against the House Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump revealed his plan in the event the GOP effort fails: Allow Obamcare to fail and let Democrats take the blame, sources at the gathering told CNN.
“If you think about it, this actually makes sense. If the law survives, Trump can spend the next couple of years claiming that it is collapsing all around us — or rather that it continues to collapse, since it is already collapsing as we speak. And Republican voters will of course believe that this is the case, since it is an unshakable truism for them that the law has already failed in spectacular fashion.”
Of course, what that amounts to is the old status quo. Republicans fulminate against Obamacare secure in the knowledge that they can’t abolish it. Certainly Tom Cotton might like that status quo. After all, the rate of the uninsured has gone down the most in the nation in Arkansas.
“The beauty of this outcome is that it would keep intact an arrangement that has worked quite well for Republicans for years: They can continue to rail at the evils of the ACA, without having to deal with the fallout of it actually being repealed.”
“The story of the moment is that this cozy arrangement is getting disrupted rather violently. The challenges that attend fashioning an actual repeal-and-replace bill have ripped the lid off of a rift among Republicans that remained safely hidden out of sight while repeal was an impossibility.”
“Meanwhile, it’s not crazy to imagine that conservatives might prefer for the current repeal effort to fail, at least in its current form. As Jonathan Chait notes, if it goes through, the GOP will have given its philosophical stamp of approval to government spending and regulating, albeit in a more limited form. If the public responds with outrage at the lost coverage, there could be a push to restore it — and this battle would unfold on philosophical turf that the GOP has already ceded. Indeed, this is likely a key reason conservatives want the current bill to fail. And needless to say, if it does fail, and the ACA lives on, conservatives can continue to say it’s a horrific failure — no matter what actually happens — thus proving them right about the folly of government efforts to expand coverage.”
“Now, obviously, many Republicans — and Trump — almost certainly prefer for the current bill to pass. Trump hates losing, and Republicans don’t want their voters to see them fail to deliver the glorious moment of liberation they have anticipated for years. But if they do fail to deliver, Trump’s backup plan has its virtues, too.”
You know, in general, the GOP may look back and wish Comey never put that letter out either. Depending on how things turnout. If Hillary had won, I actually think Paul Ryan would have been at his best-he would have read another electoral rebuke as meaning he at least should go through the motions of being more cooperative. And maybe he and Hillary could have met in the middle on some things.
With some bipartisan accomplishments under his belt he could have been a real 2020 contender.
But now with Trump winning his bluff has been called. Now the GOP has caught the car. And the public is watching to see what they do with it.
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