Trump can still undermine the Affordable Care Act

Cheryl Sanders
April 1, 2017

But a few days later, after crashing into what might be the new third rail of American politics, Republicans are talking publicly and privately about. plan B. Donald Trump's recent defeat in repealing the ACA underscored the public's desire for affordable health care. Paul Ryan was absolutely giddy about being able to deny health care 24 million people.

None of that, however, precludes the possibility of Trump declining to give his blessing to a spending plan if it lacks his requests. "I want us to become a unified majority, and that means we're going to sit down and talk things out until we get there and that's exactly what we're doing", Ryan said Tuesday. The math is the same.

After last week's failure on health care, GOP leaders and the White House appear wary of a battle with Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY that could leave divided Republicans saddled with the blame for a government shutdown. I think it was a missed opportunity.

"It's not cheap, it's not what it's cracked up to be", Russell, a Republican, said of Obama's statute.

No one else is joining Walsh in leaving the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer said. Trump said. "I see Chuck". "He was having a fun time with the senators there".


This week, Kushner said he would appear before the committee, after it was revealed he met the head of a Russian development bank closely linked to President Vladimir Putin. He made no mention of working with Democrats, saying he's encouraged some Republicans who had opposed the measure last week now indicate they want to support it.

Just days ago, President Donald Trump said that he and congressional leaders were engaged in a "big, fat, attractive negotiation" over the terms of a deal for fulfilling his promise to "immediately" repeal the health-care law and replace it with something "really terrific". "At the same time, after last week, it's hard to see how the entire conference can find a unified position". If the president can't work with the Freedom Caucus or supposed mainstream Republicans like Speaker Ryan, maybe he can work with Democrats on a constructive approach to health care reform.

Pressure builds week by week, as revelations emerge over meetings between people in Trump's orbit and Russian officials - and as the President's aides and former aides get drawn deeper into congressional probes into the affair. Let's face it; the Republicans, including the president, never had a viable health care plan.

The simplest way to do this is universal health care, on the Canadian model, with a right of individuals to purchase a Cadillac plan on top of this out of pocket.

"All last week he was calling them". We suspect that, if the bill's effects on Medicare and Medicaid had been adequately vetted, the repeal-and-replace legislation would have been held in even lower regard.


The legislative process is not built for speed, and major policy such as health care is particularly ill-suited to it. Republicans should go back to the drawing board and not give up. But he has continued to criticize the current system and on Tuesday said he was sure there will be reforms.

Ryan vowed members would continue working although he didn't offer any specific timeline.

He also told the reception, regarding a second attempt to make a deal on health care, "I have no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly".

Hamilton said 200,000 people in CT covered by Medicaid expansion risked losing coverage, and a cap on Medicaid funding in the state - which already has one of the lowest reimbursement rates in the country - would have led to "unending, chronic Medicaid underfunding, threatening and limiting access for the poorest among us".


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