Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trumpcare - Spin a Wheel

President Donald Trump can’t seem to decide what he wants Congress to do on health care, but internally, aides say there isn’t much point in keeping him on message, and they’ve generally stopped trying.

“There is no mechanism in place for making sure the president stays on message when he doesn’t have one,” a senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.

  The Daily Beast
Oh, Dude, you are SO fired!
Trump will continue to be engaged in the fight for Obamacare repeal, White House and congressional officials said on Wednesday. But it’s not immediately clear that he has settled on what policy to push.


The president has floated no fewer than four different health care proposals in the past 48 hours. As the Senate GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill hit the skids on Monday evening, Trump mused that they should simply go for repeal and leave it at that. The following morning, as the repeal efforts prospect’s diminished further, Trump suggested leaving Obamacare in place—”as I have always said”—and waiting for what he’s described as its inevitable failure before officially repealing it and moving on a replacement.

On Wednesday morning, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had admitted that the Republican repeal effort lacked the necessary support, Trump was back to promoting Obamacare replacement. “The Republicans never discuss how good their health care bill is,” he complained.

By Wednesday afternoon, the president was promoting health care policies that weren’t even in the Senate bill.


“Nothing he says really changes what’s happening,” a senior White House official told The Daily Beast. “Mitch [McConnell] knows what the score is. He’s gonna do what he can do, and at the end of the day the president can say that’s what he wanted all along.”

Officials spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity because they were not cleared to discuss legislative strategy.
No. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they don't want to lose their jobs.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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