As if the Trump Presidency couldn’t get any more chaotic and out of the ordinary, the President of the United States just hinted via a tweet that we may be getting a new healthcare plan after all, and that it will be the Democrats, not the Republicans responsible for pushing through this possible Obamacare replacement.
After the GOP has tried in vain to push through multiple replacements to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, with no success, President Trump seems to have run out of patience.
“I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill. ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!” President Trump tweeted just before 8:30am this morning.
While Democrats likely are cheering this news, knowing that Schumer will not allow many of the key provisions of the ACA to be removed from any new healthcare legislation, Republicans must be furious at the news. Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer has always expressed a willingness to work with both the President and the GOP on a comprehensive plan, however key Republicans have refused to even hear Democrats out.
While I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Schumer and Trump to come up with a plan that would receive the 60 votes required to pass in the Senate, this move certainly shows that the President will turn on his own party in a heartbeat if he feels that they are disloyal to his cause.
Most Democrats have acknowledged that the ACA needs improvement and changes, however Republicans want to completely replace it with a plan which would ultimately harm those with pre-existing conditions, something Democrats will have nothing of. The President clearly will need to walk a tightrope in order to work with the Democrats while not alienating a handful of Republicans of whom he’d need votes from to pass any new healthcare bill.
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