It seems like Donald Trump‘s administration isnt ready to give up on healthcare only yet.
On Sunday, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Senate Republicans should not proceed forward with any new votes before a health care reform or replacement bill has been passed, insisting it wouldnt be acceptable for the GOP to neglect to follow through on such a longstanding promise for its base.
In the White House’so view, they can’t proceed in the Senate, Mulvaney informed CNNs Jake Tapper on Sunday morning. In the individuals view, they shouldnt proceed in the Senate. They should stay and work and find out a way to address this issue. Bear in mind, youre talking about something theyve guaranteed to perform for seven years. You can’t promise individuals you’re going to do something for seven years, and then not get it done.
— CNN (@CNN) July 30, 2017
Unlike Mulvaney’s remark that “the folks” want action on healthcare, all of the proposals which congressional Republicans have put forward thus far have been massively unpopular, with some polling under 20 percent acceptance, an almost unheard-of figure in themodern age of hyper-polarized politics.
Thecomments also echoed those of Trump, albeit at a more diplomatic tone. On Saturday afternoon, less than 48 hours following the GOP Senates skinny teaser bill failed at a dramatic floor vote, Trump tweeted that Republicans will be complete quitters to give up on health care today.
Until the Republican Senators are complete quitters, Repeal & Replace isn’t dead! Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
Trump lasted the pep talk on Sunday morning.
Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace…and proceed to 51 votes (nuke alternative), get Cross State Lines & more.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2017
Mulvaney also verified that the White Houses official position is that no other votes should occur before healthcare, even if a bill isnt passed by the period the debt ceiling needs to be increased. To put it differently, the administration is arguing that the U.S. should go into default rather than proceed from healthcare. Following the Obamacare repeal failed early Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was time for his party to proceed from attempting to reform healthcare.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also weighed in on the healthcare process on Sunday, tellingFox News Sundaywhich Trump is currently contemplating whether to halt crucialpayments to insurance companies which have been integral to Obamacare. Known as Cost Sharing reduction payments, or CSRs for brief, the federal government discontinuing such payouts would have a detrimental effect on the general health of the law, in addition to the ability of low-income Americans to receive care.
Most Democrats and progressives fear such a movement, insisting that Trump and the GOP may try to intentionally undermine Obamacare, compelling its failure to be able to reap political benefit. For Trump’s a part, at least, he hasn’t been especially shy about needing to find the American healthcare system neglect; that he’s repeatedlysaidthat the best political strategy is to “allow Obamacare implode,”as recently as Friday.
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