Here's to Your Health
Oops, sorry, I was a bit premature there this morning. It turns out that they aren't going to vote on the TumpCare bill tonight, since Trump called the Washington Post's Robert Costa to say he was pulling the bill.
And just for clarification's sake -- this is the bill he approved that Trump called "Wonderful" the day it was presented. In Trump terminology, I believe the expression is "#Sad."
So, let's check the scorecard:
Seven years for the Republican Party to come up with their own health care bill. Countless Republican votes to repeal the ObamaCare. Continued promises by Trump to repeal ObamaCare on Day One of his administration. And after all of that -- this was the best that they could do. The Republican bill only got 17% support.
It's still possible that Republicans could bring healthcare up later, but the same issues remain. To get enough votes, the GOP is going to either make the bill more palatable to the public -- which will lose conservative Republican votes in Congress -- or take away more protections...which will make the public hate it even more. More likely is that there are healthcare regulations that the administration can (and likely will) change.
And though it all, the best we get from Trump is that no one knew how really complicated health is.
We all knew.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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