Friday, March 10, 2017

Trump threatens to kill people's health care; then says something completely different.

Jim Acosta, senior White House correspondent for CNN, sent out this:

"Trump told Tea Party groups at WH if GOP health care plan dies, he will let Obamacare fail and let Dems take the blame, I'm told."

Pause a moment to take in what that means.   We have a president who would be vindictive enough, if his plan fails, to kill the other plan -- resulting in the deaths of thousands of people -- out of malice and spite in retribution for his losing.

Believable?   Yes.

On the other hand, a few hours after that notice was published, this came on in a big HuffPost story.   It seems that the Freedom Caucus (the Tea Party members in Congress) are unhappy with the bill presented by Paul Ryan, who refused to consider some changes they wanted.    So two Freedom Caucus members met directly with President Trump and worked with his budget staff several hours yesterday afternoon, drawing up amendments to the bill.  Their chief goal, agreed to by Trump, is to keep premiums from going up.

So . . . . who knows where it will stand by the time you're reading this on Friday.   And what position will the president take when the CBO comes out with its analysis that 15 million people will lose their insurance under the Republican plan?   One hint is that Sean Spicer has already begun the campaign to discredit the CBO.

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