With confirmation that the GOP’s healthcare bill will not even make it to a vote in the Senate, I assessed the political significance for the Trump Administration in interviews with BBC Ulster and Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Tuesday.
Trump, rather than learning his lesson, is taking his negative message farther. He’s saying, “I’m going to tear the whole system down. I’m going to repeal the Affordable Care Act” — which means that 35 million Americans will lose coverage. That’s his gamble.
Listen to Monocle 24 from 8:11:
The political reality is that the combination of opposition from both moderate and conservative flanks has squeezed out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Trump advisors and there is no hope of getting the bill passed in the near-future or, for that matter, ever — which causes a real problem of legitimacy for the White House.
As for Trump’s suggestion that ObamaCare be ripped up with nothing to replace it: “That’s chaos.”
There’s also discussion of why Trump’s tactics have failed — “he tries to steamroller rather than negotiate” — and whether he could win a Presidential election today.