“As you know, I’ve been saying for years that the best thing is to let Obamacare explode and then go make a deal with the Democrats and have one unified deal. And they will come to us; we won’t have to come to them. After Obamacare explodes.”
I found this to be the most telling quote from Trump after the news broke that his ACA replacement bill, known as the American Health Care Act, was being pulled from the House floor after Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders were unable to whip up enough votes to have it pass by simple majority.
Let’s dispense real quick his assertion that he’s been saying for years that letting the ACA “explode” first and then negotiating with Democrats was the best idea, because that’s not what he’s said. On the campaign trail, his main talking points about healthcare were as follows:
- Repeal Obamacare
- Replace with something great that’s more affordable
- Get rid of artificial lines around states to increase competition
- Renegotiate prescription drug prices
- Don’t let people die on the street
- Unless they’re illegal immigrants, then let them die because that costs us $11 billion a year
At no point can I find anything resembling Trump saying publicly that letting Obamacare “die” was plausible until he mentioned it at a Republican Retreat in January. It should be noted though that at the time, he recognized a big issue with that plan. He said that “We have one problem: We have to take care of the American people immediately. So we can’t wait.”
I guess he forgot that last part.
His style of negotiation (if you want to call it that) is incredibly cruel. He speaks of Obamacare exploding as if there wouldn’t be any real world consequences if the American health care system deteriorated. Basically he’s saying that once people start dying and going bankrupt, then he’ll have the Democrats right where he wants them!
If he really thought that Obamacare was in a critical state, even with this setback, shouldn’t continuing the fight be his number one priority?
Here’s the problem: He doesn’t really care about those without health insurance or skyrocketing costs. Trump only cares about cornering the opposition into negotiating with no leverage. He wanted his big first win but doesn’t really care about anything else. That sounds like a man who has spent his entire life taking advantage of independent contractors, tax loopholes, and bankruptcy laws. It’s a callousness that has defined his public persona for decades.
That style might work as a wealthy licensing magnate slash reality star, but clearly it does not work as president.
Oh well, onto tax reform. Now at least they can be more transparent with their number one goal: tax cuts for the rich.