Thursday, June 15, 2017

Donald Trump seems to be abandoning Trumpcare.

Keep smiling exercise boy, I am planning to screw you over once your back is turned.
Courtesy of the AP:  

President Donald Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that the House-passed health care bill he helped revive is “mean” and urged them to craft a version that is “more generous,” congressional sources said. 

Trump’s remarks were a surprising slap at a Republican-written House measure that was shepherded by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and whose passage the president lobbied for and praised. At a Rose Garden ceremony minutes after the bill’s narrow House passage on May 4, Trump called it “a great plan.” 

The president’s criticism, at a White House lunch with 15 GOP senators, also came as Senate Republican leaders’ attempts to write their own health care package have been slowed by disagreements between their party’s conservatives and moderates. 

Trump’s characterizations seemed to undercut attempts by Senate leaders to assuage conservatives who want restrictions in their chamber’s bill, such as cutting the Medicaid health care program for the poor and limiting the services insurers must cover. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those restrictions. 

Facing expected unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans will be unable to pass a Senate bill if just three of the 52 GOP senators vote “no.” Alienating any of them could make approving the measure trickier for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who’s been hoping for a vote before Congress’ July 4 recess.

According to the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin this might have repercussions for all of the conservative's future policy decisions:  

The Senate was unlikely to come up with its own bill before this episode; now, that possibility becomes even more remote. Trump cannot be trusted to support what Republicans put out, so why go out on a limb for extremely unpopular legislation? If they pass Trump’s tax cuts, they run the risk that Trump will call it a giveaway to the rich, or if they pass repeal of Dodd-Frank, they might get labeled Wall Street pawns by the president. He’s loyal to no one and believes in nothing, so whenever their actions draw criticism, Trump will be among the first to cut and run, decrying the very action he demanded his party take. 

Ironically, as Republicans refuse to distance themselves from Trump’s egregious behavior, scandals and ethical shortcomings, he repays them — by creating the perfect soundbite for Democratic ads in 2018.

Gee who could have predicted that an impulsive self absorbed megalomaniac would act this way?

Oh that's right, most of us.

Popcorn anyone?


  1. Unfortunately Trump is strangling the ACA so that it becomes utterly useless.

    1. California is looking at expanding our Medicare and allowing anyone to buy into it. Creating basically Universal healthcare. They need a "waiver" from the Feds but since it is zero cost, supported by premiums it is likely to be granted.

      As California goes....

  2. Anonymous12:53 PM

    Every time I look at those two Republicans, I want to literally barf my cookies! They are both horrid government employees of ours - absolutely horrible! Both should NEVER be reelected! They are taking our country down and not giving a damn to the poor and/or minorities. Fuck them both!

    1. 12:53PM, McConnell belongs with them. He is the most evil politician in American history.

    2. Please don't leave out Mitch McConnell. He's worse than both of them together. Really.

    3. Anonymous7:38 PM

      They're horrid humans. Full stop.

  3. Anonymous1:24 PM

    So, reports that Congress is try to push through a last minute, "midnight" bill is fake news?

    1. Anonymous2:28 PM

      Fake news is anything that Trump says is factual.

    2. Anonymous3:36 PM

      Most of what the GoPee says they do is fake snooz.

  4. Anonymous2:27 PM

    I think that this is a ploy. Trump cannot extricate himself from the bill making its evil way through the Senate. I read today (a statement by Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut at a Senate hearing at which only one Republican showed up) that the GOP bill will take 23 million off insurance in a gradual slide from coverage - just slowly enough to save the next presidential election. A GOP senator from W. Virginia has called this a "transitional period" during which a miraculous new kind of insurance will become available. Of course, she means that you will need a lot of money and who will have a lot of money after paying for any and all health emergencies and chronic conditions in the meantime. And, once the dastardly anti-health care bill/law has done its worst, there will be tax breaks (almost entirely for those earning over $200,000 per year) of over 825 billion dollars taken from those who have been "transitioned" off Medicaid or ACA plans. (In writing the approx. today, I first did the zeros but it looked so unreal, I opted for the word "billion" instead.)

    1. Anonymous2:45 PM

      I makes me nauseous to say it, but I think Beaglemom is right. This is a ploy and we are letting our guard down too soon.

    2. Anonymous2:53 PM

      He's bad mouthing the house version to soften the blow when he signs the "kinder" senate version.

  5. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Ya know, Gryphen, your unauthorized use of Madame Tousaud's Wax Museum images is going to get you into a world of trouble. Plus that barely looks like him. Arent there enough real photos out there so you don't have to use the fake wax versions of our repulsive Corpulent Commander in Chief? He's entitled to a little respect, ya know.

    (the littler the betterer...)

  6. Anonymous3:35 PM

    Sorry, but tRump doesn't get to "abandon" any healthcare plan put forth by his own party, it will be called TrumpDon'tCare if he likes it or not.

  7. Anonymous3:53 PM


    Everybody Lawyer Up

    Every man, woman and child are on their own

    Mike Pence hires his own lawyer to navigate Trump’s Russia investigation

    Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has been on the job for almost a month and already Vice President Mike Pence is getting his own lawyer.

    According to the Washington Post, Pence wants to be prepared for impending congressional committee inquiries as well as Mueller. The VP’s office released a statement saying that Pence hired Richmond-based attorney Richard Cullen, who once served as a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia...

    Apparently, the hiring of his own attorney took several weeks in which Pence personally interviewed multiple candidates. Trump and Pence are not the only people in the White House seeking legal counsel. Evenlower level staffers are being forced to pay $1500 an hour for their own attorneys....

  8. Anonymous4:04 PM

    Daddy-In-Law... Ivanka


    They're coming after me

    Washington Post
    Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings

    Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to officials familiar with the matter.

    FBI agents and federal prosecutors have also been examining the financial dealings of other Trump associates, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign.

    The Washington Post had earlier reported that investigators were scrutinizing meetings that Kushner held with Russians in December — first with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and then with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank. At the time of that report, it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner’s business dealings.....

  9. Anonymous4:09 PM

    Has anybody seen REDЯUM¿

  10. Anonymous4:12 PM

    Ryan needs a bitch slapping to remove that sanctimonious smile off of his inbred face!!!.
    He is a fucking weasel and a spineless coward!
    I am being nice.

  11. Anonymous5:55 PM

    The President is a verified LIAR. How many times do you have to be fooled by his words? He should be judged by his actions which seem to be how can he truly screw this country up to the point only extremely wealthy families can deal with what goes on day to day. His more money for me screw the rest of you philosophy is pretty obvious.

  12. They won't.

    And he'll sign it.

    What he describes is universal healthcare, which the Republicans will never agree to.

    He signs what he's told to sign. He never reads anything, has no idea what he's signing and really doesn't care.

    That sounds like something Ivanka or Melania might have said to him right before the meeting. He'll forget it soon. He only remembers (and believes) the last thing he's told.


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