Healthcare

Trump’s Staff Want to Make Him Feel Better by Kicking Millions Off Healthcare

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Congressional Republicans are not going to repeal Obamacare and reorganize the entire healthcare system in the span of a single week, but Trump's staff would like to because it might make him feel better.

According to the New York Times, the reason there's been chatter about resurrecting Trumpcare is because Trump's staff are trying to will it into existence.

WASHINGTON — White House officials, desperate to demonstrate progress on President Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, are pushing to resurrect a Republican health care bill before his 100th day in office next week.

Some members of the president’s team have grown consumed by that deadline, worrying that appraisals of the president’s tenure will be brutal and hoping that a last push on health care might bring a measure of salvation.

There's a lot going on here.

First you have the idea that kicking over 24 million people off their healthcare will make Trump feel better. You also have the idea that doing so would "bring a measure of salvation," as if the resulting chaos wouldn't consume the entire economy. And you have the idea that we should govern by ego and make world-changing decisions based on Trump's emotional whims.

None of the internal divisions of the GOP that killed Trumpcare have been resolved and, as far as I can tell, there's no plan that has been approved by House Republican leadership.

We're currently 7 days away from a possible government shutdown and simply avoiding that outcome will be a feat.

  • It’s complete madness that his staff are so desperate to appease the bottomless pit that is Drumpf’s need for positive feedback at all times at the expense of their fellow citizens. And cable news isn’t helping this. I watched about 15 minutes of a video of Anderson Cooper passively sit there and listen to pundits (both right and left) who all agreed that what is important to the WH is “100 day win”. At no point did anyone stop and say to the Drumpf suporting pundits…’this is madness, bizarre and unacceptable..how can you support this loon?’

  • muselet

    The 100-day metric is preposterous. It gives political reporters a stick to beat a president with, but it’s not a generally useful measurement of anything. Having said that, Donald Trump campaigned by telling crowds all the wonderful things he’d accomplish in that period, so he brought the scrutiny on himself.

    And since the Trump administration has so far accomplished a whole lot of not much, even if it were to pull off a late policy triumph, it wouldn’t change that overall assessment.

    An actual politician—hell, a real person—would laugh it off, and shrug and move on, older and wiser. Trump does not have the capacity to do that, which is why the White House is trying to get something, anything, done before the magical counter ticks over to 100 days.

    Having a manbaby for president sure is fun.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    Said Christ to lepers, “Fuck you pay me.”

  • If they want to make Trump feel better, why don’t they just buy him a puppy . . . so he can kick it.

  • katanahamon

    It’s one thing to bitch and snipe and lie while the democrats ran government, and turns out to be an entirely different thing for Repubs to actually run government themselves. Rump’s historical assessments WILL be brutal, there’s no getting around it. It is only a matter of time before they allow Obamacare to degrade and fail because that’s what they want to happen, and any complex system (like healthcare for an entire nation) must be monitored and nurtured and regulated, and this won’t happen under Repub rule. Artificially high drug prices, hospital and physician fees are encouraged and protected by Repubs, the only logical fix is single payer nonprofit healthcare, like virtually all other civilized nations.

  • ninjaf

    Can this really be our country?