Nearly a year into his presidency Donald Trump is embroiled in political scandals and bereft of having signed a single piece of meaningful legislation. For a politician who campaigned on getting things done and being the ‘only person’ who can fix things, he sure isn’t having much success. President Trump and the rest of the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill have been champing at the bit to make their mark by pulling Obamacare from existence, but things aren’t quite going to plan. A disastrous CBO score revealed that a full repeal of Obamacare would lead to trillions more in national debt and millions of people being expelled from health care. Still, the GOP marches on.
The most amazing aspect of President Trump’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, at least at this point, is that he has no legitimate reason. The GOP has firm control of all three branches of government and they merely need to work together to create a sensible solution to replace Obamacare with an alternative. After campaigning for 7 years on self-created healthcare hysteria, it’s now looking that the GOP leaders were more bark than bite. Still, that doesn’t mean President Trump is giving up.
Despite President Trump’s son and former campaign adviser being called to testify before the Senate regarding Russia President Trump is still focused on Obamacare. Obsessed, more than focused, might be the right word. Members of the Freedom Caucus are writing up a repeal measure by way of a ‘discharge petition’ in order to try and bypass members of the House to try and get Obamacare repealed. It is likely that this measure won’t succeed but it will give a chance for Republicans to go on record as for/against the Obamacare repeal. President Trump will use this knowledge to publicly attack and shame any dissenter. The Party of Lincoln, ladies and gentlemen.