Our Man Is Still On Their Side
It is Maundy Thursday, there are worthier thoughts to think, but this from the man who says he won't tell his enemies when he's going to use the military, or where:
President Trump suggested to the Wall Street Journal Wednesday that he would withhold from insurers Obamacare subsidy payments that are the target of a House GOP lawsuit in order to force Democrats into negotiations over repealing the Affordable Care Act, a move that could bring chaos to the individual health insurance market.
In the same interview Trump said he believed Democrats still “own” the Affordable Care Act, but acknowledged that the longer he was in office the more likely it was he would be blamed for problems with the law.
“That’s part of the reason that I may go the other way” on the insurance subsidies, Trump told the Journal. “The longer I’m behind this desk and you have Obamacare, the more I would own it.”
First: you owned Obamacare the minute your hand came off that Bible. It is now your albatross, thanks to the failure of the repeal effort, which you backed, then backed away from, then backed, then backed away from, and finally aborted, then re-started. Everyone in the country is aware of this.
Second: Republicans refused to repeal the ACA (or would have, if you hadn't made Ryan pull the plug) because doing so would slit their own political throats. Now you think you can convince them to do that and force the Democrats to save them from political suicide by publicly taking responsibility for wrecking Obamacare? Do you not understand that people read the Wall Street Journal, that the whole world doesn't get their news only from FauxNoise?
But wait, there's more!
“[Senate Minority Leader] Schumer should be calling me up and begging me to help him save Obamacare,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal. “He should be calling me and begging me to help him save Obamacare, along with [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi.”
Do you understand how Congress works? That this bill never even got to the Senate last time? That the Democrats you need are in the House? If you can't get past them, you never get to the Senate.
Honestly, I don't think the man can walk and chew gum at the same time.
ADDING: It's worse than that, which I didn't think was possible.