Trump White House Pushing Congress To Act This Week On Obamacare Disaster

Having learned the pitfalls of placing too much trust in longtime political hacks like House Speaker Paul Ryan to do what they promised they would do, the quick-to-pivot Trump White House has been quietly but forcefully waging a second round attempt at scrapping much of the failing Obamacare legislation in favor of a far more state-directed program that would place the power of the free market back to the consumer and away from the federal government. That effort is set to culminate as early as this week.

Trump White House operatives, namely White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and economic adviser Gary Cohn have spearheaded the outreach effort to critical members of Congress who are necessary for the success of Mr. Trump’s attempt to save the country from the disastrous and costly Obamacare system.

The first attempt weeks earlier fell short in great part because of Speaker Ryan’s inability (some believe it was his intent) to form a Republican coalition between moderates and conservatives. This time, Ryan’s role has been minimized as the Trump White House works directly with members of Congress from both parties to ensure a legislative victory. Priebus represents the link to the GOP establishment while Mr. Cohn has ties to numerous Democrat Party figures. Both are now working under the directive of President Trump to get Congress to start actually working for the American people instead of merely promoting time and again the same tired partisan positions.

If the healthcare bill comes to a vote, a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system is soon to follow.

The Trump presidency is fighting the political and media establishments head-on and for now, appears to be on his way to winning at least some very important partial victories.

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POTUS Trump Disgusted By Congressional Leadership Team (UPDATE)

Today members of Congress will cast their votes for or against the House-proposed Obamacare overhaul legislation. The Paul Ryan bill is a confusing, contradictory thing, largely beholden to the pharmaceutical industry that has donated so generously to his political career. (These same large annual donations apply to other members of the current GOP leadership team in the House and Senate as well.) The vote will be close and the ordeal has given Mr. Trump his first real taste of the deep-rooted, self-serving dysfunction that is Washington D.C.

While improvements to the Ryan bill have been cobbled together via input from other members of Trump and considerable effort via Trump White House representatives, it remains something far less than the sum of its parts from a party that has been promising voters a repeal and replace alternative to Obamacare for seven years – and winning elections because of that promise.

Mr. Trump has publicly given the bill support likely out of a sense of duty that this is for now the best he can get while trying to herd this mewling flock of Congressional cats. Behind the closed doors of the Oval Office, though, he is said to be disgusted by the GOP leadership that has revealed itself to be devoid of the very thing that title demands – leadership.

Via the The New York Times ;

“…He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the act’s passage, when the legislation was scheduled for a vote.

Two of his most influential advisers — Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, and Gary D. Cohn, the National Economic Council director, who had a major role in pushing the bill — came to agree, and did not like the compromise that was emerging. So on Thursday night, Mr. Trump delivered an ultimatum.

He dispatched his budget adviser, Mick Mulvaney, to a conference of House Republicans and told them they had to vote on Friday. And if the bill fails, he said, Mr. Trump will move on.”

Mr. Trump knows Obamacare is a disaster. So do Republicans. And though they won’t admit it publicly, so too do Democrats. The President wanted a “rip the band-aid off quick” approach. Instead, due largely to the complicated machinations of House Speaker Paul Ryan, a version of Obamacare Light was pushed forward which angered the more conservative wing of the party. (And, it is said, many within the Trump White House who couldn’t believe how inept Ryan was proving to be.)

Hoping to salvage some version of reform, Trump went into negotiating mode, spending hours each day personally reaching out to members of Congress from both parties to garner support. He remained cordial with Senator Rand Paul, among the most vocal opponents of the RyanCare bill, and according to some, indicated privately to the Kentucky senator that the bill was in fact a  “pile of sh*t” but that at this point, something was better than nothing, and more work could continue on improving the original version as the year went on.

The New York times indicated that Mr. Trump’s son-and-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, wanted the President to back away from the Ryan proposal altogether soon after it was announced. Kushner knew it was a mess, knew it did too little while pitting conservative Republicans against moderates, and would stall the Trump agenda.

It appears Mr. Kushner was right.

Trump is left today trying to push an 11th hour success for what is, an already less-than-successful bit of legislation that will get further trampled when it is shipped off to the Senate side. Even if he pulls off this messy partial political victory in the House, it has left a very sour taste in his mouth.

Donald Trump is one who is willing to forgive, but he never forgets. He is learning a great deal about how things don’t work in D.C. Paul Ryan is a big reason for this dysfunction. Ryan appears to be doing what some very deep pockets sent him back to D.C. to do: Stall the Trump agenda until 2020 when they can be rid of him.

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UPDATE: House Speaker Paul Ryan traveled to the White House today to inform President Trump the RyanCare legislation lacked the votes for passage in the House. Mr. Trump is said to have shrugged off the failure while with Mr. Ryan, and then quickly reached out to media to indicate Obamacare will fail of its own accord soon which will in turn force Democrats to have to make a deal. That might be true, but today’s failure is a significant setback for the Trump agenda as it has dominated the efforts of both the White House and deeply divided Republicans in Congress. At the very least, it is a particularly dark mark against Speaker Ryan who is now a wounded Speaker with declining leverage among his own caucus.

Look for the President to now quickly pivot to two issues he is now even more motivated than ever to see succeed – tax reform and the border wall. Apparently, he is already working the phones on those issues this evening. For Mr. Trump today has been  hard lesson. It will be interesting to see if he’s a quick learner.

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Rand Paul Walks Out On Paul Ryan Obamacare Meeting: GOP Elite Refusing Repeal & Replace

It was a testy gathering among those within the GOP who are determined to keep the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare against other GOP members who are now urging a delay and delay some more, alternative.

It should also be noted that what is happening now is exactly what was foretold here weeks earlier by D.C. Whispers first:

Ryan Works With Pelosi & Schumer To Stall Trump Economic Recovery

The above scenario is now being confirmed via a report out today by Politico:

“Republicans have reached a gut check moment: After spending more than six years vowing to fix the flagging patient that is Obamacare, it’s the GOP’s own repeal effort that’s on life support.

“…I hear things that are unacceptable to me,” Paul said in an interview afterward. “If they don’t seem to care what conservatives think about complete repeal of Obamacare, they’re going to be shocked when they count the votes.”

What House Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing for (with a behind-closed door assist from House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer) is a mild band-aid approach that he hopes will allow Republicans to declare victory without actually engaging in an actual fight to repeal and replace as they have repeatedly promised since the divisive bill was signed into law several years ago.

It’s politics as usual for Speaker Ryan and those supporting him in D.C. – the very thing President Trump remarked on often while on the campaign trail – all talk and no action politicians:

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Yet More Evidence Of GOP Establishment’s Opposition To Trump Agenda Confirmed

Two weeks ago, D.C. Whispers went live with the following report:

Ryan Works With Pelosi & Schumer To Stall Trump Economic Recovery

Matt Drudge was quick to second that concern. Today, Drudge has done so again, linking to yet another story that further confirms the original D.C. Whispers heads up:

Check out this commentary from an AP morning report:

GOP DILEMMA ON HEALTH LAW TAXES: TO REPEAL OR NOT TO REPEAL?

…Republicans know they’ll need tons of cash, whatever they devise. The figure is currently unknown.

“Whatever we do in replacement is going to cost some money, and is there a way to generate money if we ditch all the Obamacare tax revenues or not? That’s where we haven’t achieved consensus,” said No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas…’They’re in a hell of a bind,’ said Joseph Antos, health policy expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.”

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Disregard the now-repeated claims by GOP lawmakers regarding how “tough” it is to dismantle Obamacare. Remember, they have been running on dismantling Obamacare for YEARS. They have promised to do so. They have raised campaign cash from small donors saying they would do so. Since Obamacare became law, Republicans have been demanding it be repealed and replaced.

And yet, now these same Republicans are claiming to have no plan, no idea on how to proceed with doing just that after voters have given them all of Congress and the White House to do so.

Let that sink in, reader.

And it’s the same delay/it’s too hard/complicated tactic these GOP elites intend to continue using for much of the Trump agenda. If Donald Trump is to have any chance of overcoming all of Washington D.C. and the media elite, he needs YOU, the American people to afford him the chance to do so. For if there is one thing the D.C. elite fear most, it’s seeing their political careers sent packing.

2018 already draws near.

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WOW: VP-Elect Mike Pence: “Obamacare Has Failed.”

VP-Elect Mike Pence didn’t mince words when he just stepped before the media after a meeting with Congressional leaders and declared, “Obamacare has failed and that the Trump administration’s first order of business will be to deal with that failure.

Mr. Pence went on to outline plans to “repeal and replace” Barack Obama’s namesake legislation, a move that would be a stunning blow to the outgoing president’s legacy.

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Pence met with Republican lawmakers just minutes after President Obama did the same on the Democrat side. Mr. Obama is desperate to convince Democrats to do everything they can to keep Obamacare intact, despite recent polling that shows the healthcare law remains unpopular with a majority of the American people as health-plan costs skyrocket and choices continue to be eliminated.

Pence reaffirmed President-Elect Trump’s promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare with what Mr. Pence called “market based” solutions that would allow people more choice, lower costs, and superior healthcare plans.

Here is video of some of Mr. Pence’s words on the subject today. Keep in mind, he spoke to the media just minutes after Barack Obama had left Congress, making it a particularly stinging rebuke of the president’s failed landmark legislation:

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LOL: Watch Stuttering Mess Nancy Pelosi Fail To Defend Obamacare

The freshly tossed hair did nothing to hide the mental collapse underneath that newly-colored dome as Democrat relic Nancy Pelosi stuttered and stammered her way through a seemingly panicked explanation on why the disastrous Obamacare legislation has been “healthy” for America. You can almost hear the collective “Oh-my-gods” from the people standing behind her.

The Democrat Party has become a place where failed ideologies go to die, as this video so clearly shows…

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Trump’s Latest Cabinet Appointment Seeks To Dismantle Obamacare ASAP

Republican Rep. Tom Price from Georgia is both a politician and a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon who has been among the most vocal and consistent critics of Obamacare, a legislative monstrosity that Price feels is denying Americans access to healthcare and forcing them, under fear of penalty, to pay for increasingly expensive health insurance they don’t want or need.

Today it is being reported Congressman Price is to be the nation’s next Secretary of Health and Human Services – a Trump pick that should send an undeniably clear signal to Congress and the American people that Donald Trump is very serious about taking on the trillions of dollars Obamacare mess.

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Healthcare Costs See Largest Year Over Year Price Increase In 34 Years.

OUCH.

The Obama economy is an era of stagnant wages and skyrocketing medical costs which are decimating Middle Class America.

One of the quickest ways to destroy America is to eliminate its middle class.

It appears the Obama era is working double-time to do just that:

“Prices for medicine, doctor appointments and health insurance rose the most last month since 1984…a recent report by Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits forecasts that the average family health care plan will cost $18,142, up 3.4% from 2015. That’s faster than wage growth in America…Premiums on the Obamacare exchanges are expected to rise by double-digits this year.”

In November, voters will have a choice.

Hillary Clinton represents more of the same: Fewer jobs, lower wages, bigger government, higher healthcare costs.

Donald Trump represents something vastly different than the above.

America, it’s almost time to choose.

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Obamacare Is Collapsing

This week Aetna, among the nation’s largest healthcare providers, announced it was slashing its Obamacare participation by 70% after determining the program was decimating its ability to provide higher quality, lower cost healthcare coverage to its members.

In a press release that accompanied the announcement, Aetna described the Obamacare model as, “unsustainable.”

The signals of Barack Obama’s signature legislation’s imminent doom have been swirling for many months, and well known by both political figures and Mainstream Media who have largely ignored the issue for fear it would play a part in swaying voter-sentiment prior to the 2016 Election.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly gone on record indicating her total support for Obamacare, even as healthcare insiders across the nation warned the program was in a steady downward spiral.

Aetna isn’t alone in its condemnation of the Obamcare. Other healthcare giants like Humana and United Healthcare have indicated their intention to slash their own cooperation in the government program, the result of which will be potentially millions of existing plans being terminated in 2017.

This summer, millions of Obamacare plans are seeing double-digit cost increases, pricing many individuals and families out of affordable healthcare coverage and confirming what so many warned of years earlier – Obamacare would prove to be neither affordable or offer adequate coverage, leaving tens of millions of Americans paying more and getting less.

The Obama White House’s initial response has been to say Aetna’s reduced participation will not alter Obamacare’s longer-term outlook. Then again, Barack Obama’s days in the White House are quickly coming to an end. Donald Trump has promised voters he would “repeal and replace Obamacare.” If voters decide to make him President, Obamacare will most likely be resigned to the scrap heap of trillion-dollar political failures.

 

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