Trump Threatens Health Subsidies to Poor to Force Talks

Apr 16, 2017, 02:09
Trump Threatens Health Subsidies to Poor to Force Talks

The House Republicans failure to even vote on their legislation revealed there is nothing close to a Republican consensus about how to replace or even reform Obamacare.

He viewed the classified information at the White House, did not share it with the other members of the committee and in so doing put President Trump in the middle of the mess.

When pressed by the host as to why health care reform must come first, Trump admitted that business managers who say tax reform is more impactful are correct.

"Now, if it doesn't happen fast enough, I'll start the taxes", President Trump said.

Michael Steel, a former senior House Republican aide, said Trump's renewed emphasis on health care reflected "the sense that you ought to accomplish the first thing on the list before moving to the second thing on the list - it doesn't have to be done that way, but it's clearly preferable".

His budget director, Mick Mulvaney, echoed his comments in separate interviews with cable networks.

Some Capitol Hill Republicans have envisioned the nightmare scenario for 2017, and it goes like this: No ObamaCare repeal.

Senate Democratic Leader, Sen.

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So Trump is literally proposing to use the lives of poor Americans as human shields, cutting off their access to health care unless Democrats agree to cut off their access to health care.

"Obamacare is dead next month if it doesn't get that money", Trump said. "Now they're dealing with the realities of a closely divided Congress and a president who wants a win on this key, signature issue", said one business lobbyist, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

DJ Gribbin, a special assistant to Trump for infrastructure policy, said the White House's strategy initially was to pass measures on health care and taxes first, but now there are discussions about combining infrastructure with another bill.

Pushing back the overhaul of the tax code also illustrates how much work the White House has to do on this complicated effort.

Instead, they're still struggling to plug the gaps on their health care bill, with GOP leaders introducing a new legislative patch late last week. Activists in West Palm Beach, Florida, will hold the "March a Lago" near the resort where Trump plans to spend the Easter weekend. A Russian-American trade promoter who has supported Trump claims that our new president has done "hundreds of millions of dollars" of business with Russian investors. And most importantly, actually we're going to have great healthcare.

GOP sources freely admitted Wednesday they will miss the April 15 deadline for writing the 2018 budget, yet noted that Congress can work on pieces of it even without having a final document approved. "He should be calling me and begging me to help him save Obamacare, along with [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi".

The Republican Congress has essentially built a protective wall around President Donald Trump - and at times, this can make efforts to bring transparency or accountability to his unprecedented conflicts of interest and serial shredding of democratic and governing norms appear hopeless.

Those payments to lower-income people, called cost-sharing-reduction subsidies, have been at the center of an nearly three-year legal battle between Republicans and Democrats. In fact, House Republicans filed a lawsuit arguing the "cost-sharing" payments were illegal because they were expenditures not approved by the proper congressional appropriations process.