Speaking Wednesday at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump lamented criticism that his administration hasn’t accomplished much yet and pointed a finger at Democratic lawmakers for slackening the passageway of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
” If we ran and got the single greatest health care scheme in the history of the world, we would not get one Democrat vote, because they’re obstructionists ,” Trump claimed.” If we came to you and said,’ Here’s your plan, you’re going to have the greatest scheme in history, and you’re going to pay nothing ,’ they’d vote against it, folks .”
Trump tweeted similar complaints earlier Wednesday.
” If we had even a little Democrat support, merely a little, like got a couple of elections, you’d have everything. And you could give us a lot of referendums and we’d even be willing to change it and move it around and try and make it even better ,” he continued at the Iowa rally.” But again, They merely want to stop, they just wishes to obstruct. A few referendums from the Democrat, severely, a few votes from the Democrat, it could be so easy, so beautiful, and you’d have cooperation .”
What Trump failed to mention is that Senate Democrat haven’t actually had the opportunity to even read the bill, which Republican senators have written almost entirely behind closed doors. The unprecedented lack of transparency has drawn outrage from Democrats, the media and the public, while Republican have falsely claimed that Democrat engaged in similar secrecy while writing the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010.( Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell( R-Ky .) said he plans to release the text of the bill Thursday .)
Reports, however, indicate that the Senate bill will be substantially similar to the one passed in the House last month. An estimated 23 million fewer people would have health care coverage under that bill, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis of it.
And as HuffPost’s Jeffrey Young points out, the bill’s intent, regardless of what the Senate version looks like, is already clear.” The purpose of this bill is to dramatically scale back the safety net so wealthy people and health care companies can get a massive tax cut ,” Young wrote this week.
The president also mocked Democrats for failing to pick up seats in special elections in Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday, singling out Jon Ossoff, the Democrat who narrowly lost in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
” They thought they were going to win last night in Atlanta ,” he said.” And they’ve been unbelievably nasty, actually nasty. They spent close to $30 million on this child, who forgot to live in the community “hes in” .”
Trump then acknowledged that his criticism may not be doing Senate Republican any favors in winning over their Democratic colleagues.
” I am making it a little bit hard to get their supporting, but who cares ?” he said.
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