Are Donald Trump and his administration really prepared to just “move on” from “TrumpCare” – i.e. the ObamaCare replacement legislation that couldn’t pass a Republican-dominated House of Representatives?
I don’t believe it.
And my disbelief is not only because Mr. Trump doesn’t like losing. It is because to “move on” would make Republicans look like a bunch of fraudulent idiots – a point brought home beautifully by Philip Klein, in his latest commentary at washingtonexaminer.com.
A few excerpts for you:
Republicans ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare for seven years, over the course of four election cycles. They won the House majority in 2010 in large part because of the backlash against the passage of Obamacare — and the vow to “repeal and replace” Obamacare was part of their “Pledge to America” campaign document that year. The botched rollout of Obamacare helped them win the Senate in 2014. House candidates, Senate candidates, gubernatorial candidates, and even state legislative candidates ran against Obamacare — and won.
Though President Trump was always an unorthodox candidate on healthcare (vacillating between praising single-payer and touting a free market plan), he consistently campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare, and exploited news of spiking premiums in the weeks leading up to the presidential election.
Failing to get the votes on one particular bill is one thing. But failing and then walking away on seven years of promises is a pathetic abdication of duty. The Republican Party is a party without a purpose.
As you can see by that last paragraph, Mr. Klein believes that Republicans really are going to ignore health care from this point on.
If he is right, so is his conclusion.
I can’t believe he is, though. Republicans can’t be that stupid…