Trump’s Final Offer: Take it or Leave it
Remember when the GOP accused the Democrats of ‘moving too fast’ of doing ‘ram through?’ of passing something that no one read?
That process actually took 13 months. This is ram through. So after they had to cancel yesterday’s vote a new CBO report came out which showed that the altered Trumpcare bill still left 24 million without insurance but also cut the deficit by less. Talk about win-win.
So making a bad situation worse. A bad, very bad, no good, awful bill that nobody likes worse. To say no one likes it is almost literally true-17% approval.
Now Trump is threatening the GOP House. Pass this bill with a 17% approval rating or else.
“President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told GOP lawmakers. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney warned.”
“The surprise announcement by the top White House official — made with the full support of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other House GOP leaders — came during a closed-door meeting of Republicans Thursday evening in the basement of the Capitol.”
“Mulvaney, a member of the House until a few weeks ago who now heads the Office of Management and Budget, said Trump was done negotiating and wanted an up-or-down vote now.”
“The move by Trump and Ryan is an enormous gamble, setting up a real cliffhanger when the legislation hits the floor on Friday.”
Indeed. This is something Nancy Pelosi would never do-put up a bill she doesn’t know if she has the votes for. She’s been having fun watching ‘the rookies.’
if you havent seen it watch @NancyPelosi presser… very amusing. "Rookie president".. "Nunes cry for help"
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) March 23, 2017
But, Pelosi makes a good point. Paul Ryan for all his stature as a ‘policy wonk’-Krugman never tires of mocking this illusion-has never passed a big bill in his life.
As for Trump, you might wonder what he’s doing here: is he trying to scare the GOP into giving him a win?
A NY Times piece this morning suggests that he’s sorry he ever listened to Paul Ryan and that he wishes he never agreed to healthcare first.
Trump has told people close to him that he regrets going along with Paul Ryan's plan to push health care first https://t.co/WZM7qpUueP
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 24, 2017
“Mr. Trump has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans.”
“He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the act’s passage, when the legislation was scheduled for a vote.”
“Two of his most influential advisers — Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, and Gary D. Cohn, the National Economic Council director, who had a major role in pushing the bill — came to agree, and did not like the compromise that was emerging. So on Thursday night, Mr. Trump delivered an ultimatum.”
Bannon apparently also doesn’t like this bill either:
According to source close to White House, Bannon not happy with healthcare bill b/c it doesn't "drive down costs."
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) March 24, 2017
Weird that Bannon would tell House Rs that it's either this bill or Obamacare forever, then https://t.co/uPbTm4vb1b
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 24, 2017
The trouble is that you’re demanding that the GOP Congress vote for a bill that can’t pass the Senate and has a 17% approval rating. Why would you agree to publicly support this? Talk about walking the plank.
Nancy Pelosi, a real House Speaker on the rookie mistakes:
“Over the years, Mr. Trump has proved to be a resilient operator, and even his most scathing critics do not rule out his ability to pull off some kind of a deal, even at a late hour.”
“I don’t know whether he will ultimately succeed or fail, but I will tell you that President Trump is so transactional, who knows what transactions he will be willing to make to pass this,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, who passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 as speaker.
“So far he’s acting like a rookie. It’s really been amateur hour,” she added. “He seems to think that a charm offensive or a threat will work — that saying ‘I can do this for you’ or ‘I can do this against you’ will work. That’s not the way it works. You have to build real consensus, and you have to gain a real knowledge of the policy — and the president hasn’t done either of those things.”
Trump honestly could care less what’s in this bill. He just wants ‘a win.’
But sometimes when you think you win, you lose. And it might be that the biggest loss of all for him-in terms of popularity-is if this monstrosity actually did pass.
Trump has no good choices on health care — and it's his own damned fault. ??? https://t.co/gZzX9uzL7Z
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 23, 2017
I mean even if you don’t have any empathy for all the people losing their insurance, you’d realize that this is suicidal politically. That’s if you even made it your business to have a clue what’s in this bill and what it does which Trump hasn’t.
Silver, commenting on the NY Times piece where Trump wishes he’d never listened to Paul Ryan:
Under Bus, Speaker Thrown. https://t.co/YSc7QmTOcM
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 24, 2017
Indeed, Trump is now saying that if this fails it won’t be his fault.
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