Terrific (On the Rocks)

#SomethingTerrific | #WhatTheyVotedFor

President Donald Trump, joined by HHS Secretary Tom Price (left) and Vice President Mike Pence (right) explains his intention to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, 24 March 2017, at the White House, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by The Washington Post)

Robert Pear runs for the New York Times under the headline, “Pushing for Vote on Health Care Bill, Trump Seems Unclear on Its Details”. And the detail there, in turn:

After two false starts on President Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump administration officials are pressing the House to vote on a revised version of the Republican repeal bill this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, administration officials said.

And Mr. Trump insisted that the Republican health legislation would not allow discrimination against people with pre-existing medical conditions, an assertion contradicted by numerous health policy experts as well as the American Medical Association.

“Pre-existing conditions are in the bill,” the president said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “And I mandate it. I said, ‘Has to be.’”

Steve Benen adds, for msnbc:

When Dickerson pressed Trump on whether he’s prepared to “guarantee” protections to those with pre-existing conditions, the president replied, “We actually have – we actually have a clause that guarantees.”

There is no such clause. The Republican bill guts benefits for consumers with pre-existing conditions, clearing the way for states to do the exact opposite of what Trump said yesterday. (GOP leaders have been reduced to telling worried lawmakers that most states won’t take advantage of the option, but under the Republican blueprint, the financial pressure on states to roll back protections like these would be significant.)

And, you know, that sounds about right.

We should probably reiterate that last, though:

(GOP leaders have been reduced to telling worried lawmakers that most states won’t take advantage of the option, but under the Republican blueprint, the financial pressure on states to roll back protections like these would be significant.)

This is not reassuring. Then again, Josh Dawsey of Politico notes, “GOP folks on Hill seem perplexed/amazed/angry”, about the White House outlook on a health care vote. Kyle Cheney of msnbc follows up today’s press briefing to explain, “Spicer NOT repeating the White House’s earlier optimism on health care vote. ‘We’re not there yet.'”

To what degree is dysfunction reassuring? This is an unfortunate question.

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Image note: Photo credit — Washington Post.

Benen, Steve. “Asked about health care, Trump trips over his own ignorance”. msnbc. 1 May 2017.

Cheney, Kyle. “Spicer NOT repeating the White House’s earlier optimism on health care vote. ‘We’re not there yet.'” Twitter. 1 May 2017.

Cohn, Jonathan. “This New ‘Compromise’ On Repeal Still Won’t Protect States That Like Obamacare”. The Huffington Post. 28 April 2017.

Dawsey, Josh. “GOP folks on Hill seem perplexed/amazed/angry at White House continuing to say there will be a health care vote when votes may not be there.” Twitter. 1 May 2017.

Pear, Robert. “Pushing for Vote on Health Care Bill, Trump Seems Unclear on Its Details”. The New York Times. 1 May 2017.

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