Donald Trump once proclaimed he could stand in the middle of 5th Street in New York City and shoot someone and he wouldn’t lose a single supporter, but his dangerous gambit with the American HealthCare Act could result in much more carnage than one body in the street.
According to the Washington Post, in a meeting with the House GOP about the resistance among conservatives to the American Healthcare Act, Donald Trump threatened Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Many lawmakers quoted President Trump as saying to Rep. Meadows, “I’m gonna come after you, but I know I won’t have to, because I know you’ll vote ‘yes.’ Honestly, a loss is not acceptable, folks.”
President Trump is now holding a metaphorical gun on 1st Street in D.C. to the heads of conservatives.
And we all should be begging him to put the gun down.
President Donald Trump is clearly a master negotiator, a master of language, a master of marketing and persuasion, but we elected him to use those powers for good. As it has been widely covered, passing this bill would be anything but good.
The reason we demanded the immediate repeal of Obamacare is not because it was passed by Democrats, but because of what was fundamentally wrong with it. Obamacare put the final few nails in the coffin of non-Government run healthcare in the United States because of the flawed premises upon which it was built. RINOCare does nothing to pull the nails out of the coffin, but instead expedites the digging of the grave.
None of the fundamental errors of Obamacare are being corrected by RINOCare, rather the most egregious parts are being left in place. The tweaks being made to the plan are merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
RINOCare does NOT actually repeal Obamacare.
RINOCare does NOT remove any of the insurance regulations that Obamacare put in place that are destroying the market.
Per Daniel Horowitz:
While some of the regulations are tweaked with more flexibility, the 800-pound gorilla in the room — guaranteed issue mixed with community rating (which is responsible for almost all of the premium hikes) — is left in place. Nor does this bill repeal the mandated essential benefits, which require insurers to cover a specific number of people and sex change operations, maternity care for men, etc.
RINOCare creates a massive new entitlement program in the form of Tax Credits.
As Rep. Tom Garrett (R-V.A.) said on CNN the other night, “As the tax credits are structured I think it’s a solid argument that this is the largest entitlement program that would ever be implemented under a Republican President and Republican Congress.”
RINOCare doubles down the fundamental flaws of Obamacare and even SUBSIDIZES THEM! It subsidizes the very mechanism that is at the root of why we all hated Obamacare in the first place!
And now for something I am really appalled to be putting into writing: the only way to make “insurance” “work” with the Obamacare/RINOCare regulations being left in place is to coerce every individual to buy insurance – the loathed Individual Mandate.
By leaving all the insurance regulations in place, creating these subsidies, and removing the individual mandate, premiums and deductibles will necessarily explode as those who continue to remain in the insurance market will be forced to pay for an increasingly unaffordable insurance pool. If we are to pass RINOCare, we will have to reinstate the individual mandate… otherwise it will be the Left that gets to “fix” the mess RINOCare leaves behind, and we all know that will be Government Run Single Payer Healthcare.
One of the main talking points used against Eric Cantor by Dave Brat (I would know, I managed his campaign) was that Eric Cantor was betraying his promises to end Obamacare merely by not cutting funding for it in the budget. Eric Cantor lost his seat partially because of broken promises regarding Obamacare.
But RINOCare is even worse than what Eric Cantor and John Boehner were doing under Obama!
I am astonished that Trump is going along with House Leadership on this issue. He repeatedly brutalized the Republicans for not actually repealing Obamacare. He promised to repeal Obamacare on day one.
And now President Trump is holding a gun to the head of the Conservatives who were most vocal against Eric Cantor and John Boehner for “supporting” Obamacare “too much.” I doubt very sincerely that your supporters, who have often been the people trying to primary the likes of Cantor, Boehner, Paul Ryan, and others for their tacit support of Obamacare, would join you in taking out members who are actually upholding their promises to the voters.
President Trump, the last thing we need for you to do is incite a Civil War on our side of the aisle. We’ve fought Civil Wars before – and they ALWAYS result in bigger government.
The last thing I want to see is President Trump trying to mobilize his base against Congressmen who are upholding his – and their – own promises the voters.
So President Trump, please drop the gun.