For a man who loves to plaster his name on anything and everything, from skyscrapers to steaks, why is Donald Trump opposed to calling the new Republican healthcare plan Trumpcare?
It’s not as if the new president dislikes what Republicans are offering as a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare.
“I think we’re going to have a tremendous success,” said Trump when describing the House GOP’s healthcare bill earlier this week. “We’re going to do something that’s great and I’m proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives and encouraged by members of both parties,” Trump added.
In a tweet on the same day, Trump referred to the new bill as “our wonderful new Healthcare Bill.” But for some reason, neither he, nor his staff, wishes to refer to the proposed legislation as Trumpcare. What gives?
The simple answer is that behind his praise for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s long envisioned legislative dream, he knows the new healthcare plan is a pile of fecal matter.
Opposition to the bill, whose actual name is the “American Health Care Reform Act of 2017”, is coming from all sides.
The American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP, the nation’s largest advocacy group for older people, are all solidly against the GOP measure.
Many key House conservatives are also not sharing in the love for Speaker Ryan’s healthcare baby.
“It’s Obamacare in a different format,” is how Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, a member of the hardline House Freedom Caucus, described the bill.
As is always the case with Donald Trump, look at his actions, not his words. If he truly believed the GOP healthcare plan is so great; if it, as he has said, would “expand choice, increase access, lower cost and at the same time provide better heath care,” he’d be slapping his brand all over that sucker!
When Trump does not want to take credit for something supposedly good (especially when it is the result of someone else’s hard work), you can be sure it isn’t.
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