Enough politics for the night. There will be plenty of time for that after Shabbat when Trump gets his phone back and starts rage tweeting.
He’s not exactly wrong on this count. But Democrats were never going to dismantle Obamacare which took an extraordinary effort to actually pass. The reason why this bill failed is it was unpopular with both Dems and Republicans (and the constituents). Granted, a good portion of the GOP that was against it, was against it because it didn’t fuck over anybody who wasn’t rich enough:
President Trump on Friday blamed Democrats, not Republicans, for the stunning collapse of the GOP healthcare plan.
“We were very close, it was a very tight margin. We had no Democrat support, no votes from the Democrats,” Trump said, flanked by Vice President Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in the Oval Office.
“I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own ObamaCare,” the president added, referring to the House and Senate Democratic leaders.
But he said he would be “open” to working with Democrats on healthcare again if ObamaCare “explodes.”
From The Daily Beast:
If TrumpCare dies, the White House won’t forget who killed it — and plans on keeping a “shit list” of Republicans who stood in their way.
According to multiple Trump administration officials speaking to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity to talk freely, the president is angry that his first big legislative push is crumbling before his eyes—and his chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon is advising him to take names and keep a hit list of Republicans who worked for Trumpcare’s defeat.
“[Bannon] has told the president to keep a shit list on this,” one official told The Daily Beast. “He wants a running tally of [the Republicans] who want to sink this…Not sure if I’d call it an ‘enemies list,’ per se, but I wouldn’t want to be on it.”
I not only found out that these things exist, but apparently there are at least 9 places in Boston alone to get them. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this.
From Talking Points Memo:
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, one of the top administration officials who had been working to pass the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, on Friday morning brushed off concerns about a new provision in the bill that repeals the Essential Health Benefits requirement.
That provision would repeal a requirement that insurers cover a list of 10 essential benefits, including maternity care. Asked about this on CBS’ “This Morning,” Mulvaney argued that states can still require that insurance companies cover the EHBs.
“If you live in a state that wants to mandate maternity coverage for everybody, including 60-year-old women, that’s fine,” he said.
Co-host Alex Wagner asked Mulvaney about people who do not live in a state that requires maternity coverage.
“Then you can figure out a way to change the state that you live in,” Mulvaney replied.