Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Can America be run like a business?
It’s about time we had a businessman in the White House.
Remember that? It’s why a lot of blue-collar workers voted for Donald Trump.
He was going to drain the swamp. Obamacare would be repealed starting the day he took office.
“You’re going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost, and it’s going to be so easy,” Trump said at an Oct. 25 rally in Sanford, Florida.
This was the man who wrote the book on the art of the deal, after all.
After his election Trump doubled down, promising a health care plan that was going to provide better care at lower cost — and cover everyone.
But when the plan was unveiled, it became clear it did none of those things.
“Nobody knew that health care was going to be so complicated,” Trump said on Feb. 27 to the National Governors Association.
Of course, everybody knew, with the possible exception of Donald Trump.
The plan he tried to sell ended up throwing 24 million Americans off health care in the next decade, increased premiums, passed $800 billion in costs to the states and gave a massive tax cut to the wealthy.
And even that wasn’t good enough for the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus.
So, the President fell back on his business instincts, and started to give away more to find the votes.
Finally, stripping out Obamacare’s requirements that health insurers provide a set of essential health benefits, like maternity, pediatric and mental health care.
And as Trump gave away these basic safety nets of health care in hopes of winning the support of the most conservative of his party, he lost the moderates in his party.
By the time the deal making was done, and the threats began, his own party was no longer intimidated by the President.
In fact, the most conservative among them were as quick to turn on Trump, as Trump had turned on his constituents. Because in the end, those who would have been hurt the most by the new health care plan, were the blue-collar workers that put Trump into office.
Even Don Young says he would not have voted for this bill.
So, where does Trump go from here?
His chief of staff says the President is now more open to working with Democrats on tax reform and a giant infrastructure bill.
It would be a difficult bargain for a modern politician to make in the partisan world of Washington, but it just might be the last chance for Donald Trump to prove he’s at least a decent businessman.
John’s opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees.
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