Saturday, November 12, 2016

Trump Backs Off Promise To Repeal Obamacare

Well that didn't take long.
So as I understand it, the overall GOP strategy goes:
Do every possible thing you can, including lying about everything all the time, to block the ACA.
Convince everybody that it's bad.
Win the Presidency by promising to repeal it.
Do a 180 when you actually have to choose between it and available alternatives.
In Trump's quasi-defense, he probably had no earthly clue what the ACA even was until Obama explained it to him using dolls and Legos or something.
Alright...alright... Trump's making a good decision here. I should be more gracious.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rationalizations by a decent portion of his supporters is astounding to witness though.

Before the election it was "Obamacare's head on a stake" and "petty politics be damned."

Now it's "Trump has to say these things for political reasons, this is actually a rather savvy move." or "Well he's right that certain provisions in Obamacare that are worthwhile." The cognitive dissonance must be unreal.

So there's one of the tenets of his "Contract with the American People" for his one hundred days in office seemingly disposed of. What's the over/under on how many more tenets Trump won't honor?

11:36 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

LOL oh, yeah, I almost forgot about the Contract On The American People...I didn't even hear of that until like a week ago.

I guess there's no doubt that this is the new version of Newt's Contract On America...

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't read too much into this. They're going to get rid of the core of Obamacare. Maybe they can keep small parts like allowing kids to stay on parents plans. But GOP is going to do its thing here and Trump will follow. He has said that he wants to make insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions but I don't think he understood the implications of that requirement. I hate to say I'm certain that Obamacare is dead because it's hard to predict anything anymore, but I'm certain it's dead.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

You're probably right. But didn't he also say something favorable about the mandate? Seems to me that that's the most unpalatable part of the thing. If he were really in favor of keeping *that*...isn't there maybe some hope?

Meh, you're probably right.

Mostly I just want to take ad hominem potshots at him right now. IS THAT SO WRONG????

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm with Winston on this one. I'm angry and need a release out before I can start trying to being fully objective again.

But, either way I think that Trump's rhetoric at least speaks to one of my primary issues with him in that he's all so unpredictable. Is he going for a full repeal? Is he going for a partial repeal? Does he want to strong arm or compromise? I honestly can't tell. My prediction is that he'll morph into a relatively standard republican president; at least with respect to most domestic issues. I'll afford the man some more time before I start drawing too many strong conclusions about his presidency, though.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I feel ya man.


I gotta get control of myself about this shit.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Lewis Carroll said...

Thank God we got rid of all that 'uncertainty' that the markets were worried about.
So we got that going for us.

4:50 PM  

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