Speaker Ryan is setting President Trump for a fall on healthcare

President Trump has more to lose than does speaker Speaker Ryan

President Donald Trump is being set up for a big fall on Thursday if he supports a bill that was not crafted by his team. The American Health Care Act the GOP bill offered as a repeal and replacement bill to end Obamacare belongs to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). Yes, recently President Trump has supported the bill but in the end this will be a loser for him.

The passing of this bill is not win for President Trump it is a win for Speaker Ryan and the president needs to bail on this bill now. President Trump will likely see the bill pass by a very small margin and then die a week or so from now in the Senate.

The bill that Speaker Ryan has crafted will cause President Trump to be seen as a liar to his base. Trump loyalists warned that the president is at risk of violating some of his biggest campaign promises — such as providing broad health coverage for all Americans and preserving Medicaid and other entitlement programs — in service to an ideological project championed for years by Ryan and other establishment Republicans.

President Trump won the White House by winning, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky, all by slim margins. His voters in those states stand to be the biggest losers by the Ryan bill.

Let me be clear I have sent the last week not speaking to Democrats but to talking to Republicans and Conservative think tanks. I have consumed all conservative media from Breitbart to watching Fox News Channel and listening conservative radio. These are all media outlets that have Trump’s ear, the message has been blunt: The plan being advanced by congressional Republican leaders is deeply flawed — and, at worst, a political trap.

Back in 2010 then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rushed the Affordable Care Act through Congress. She famously told her Democratic House members to “Pass the bill now and we will worry about the details later.”

In the House, 34 Democrats and all 178 Republicans voted against it but the bill passed 219-212 in the House. Then  the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, became law shortly after the Senate, passed the bill 60-39 with all Democrats and two independents voting for it and all Republicans voting against it.

Ir was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23rd, 2010. That brought a a groundswell from Republican’s who cried that the bill was “rushed and jammed down their throats.”

That vote on we now know as Obamacare, cost the Democrats the House and the Senate. It could happen to the Republican’s just like it did back in 2010 and 2012.

What Speaker Ryan is doing is no different from Speaker Pelosi and he is selling a bill that will hurt President Trump.  Ryan is not concerned about the blue and purple states that Trump was able to win by selling a populist message on healthcare.

 

Let me be clear, not a single Republican lawmaker or Conservative policy-maker I have spoken to is a fan of Obamacare. But they see The American Health Care Act, as something that could make President Trump a one term president and they think that someone has to hit the pause button.

They think it is time to scrap Ryan’s plan and start all over this time with more input from the White House, and all voices in the Republican Party.

“Trump figures things out pretty quickly, and I think he’s figuring out this situation, how the House Republicans did him a disservice,” said Christopher Ruddy, a longtime Trump friend. “President Trump is a big-picture, pragmatic Republican, and unfortunately the Ryan Republican plan doesn’t capture his worldview.”

Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media, published a column Tuesday urging Trump to “ditch” the current bill.

Republican governors who were part of Medicaid expansion have cautioned President Trump that this bill is a bad idea. GOP members of the Senate have said the bill if passed by the House would be “Dead on arrival,” when it got to the Upper Chamber.

 

In this March 8, 2017, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans are working on a companion to their bill replacing “Obamacare,” a legislative second act that would ease cross-state sale of health insurance and limit jury awards for pain and suffering in malpractice lawsuits. The problem: the so-called “sidecar” bill lacks the votes in the Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Trump has been in office two months and two days. Ryan for some reason is in a big rush to pass a bill that will kill the president’s agenda. This is a bill that has no support from insurance companies, hospital groups, and patient groups.

President Trump was elected as a deal maker but this Ryan healthcare plan is going to be something that the White House will own. The GOP plan would make things worse, especially for many of the “forgotten” Americans who voted for Trump. The CBO projected annual health care costs for the average enrollee would increase by $1,542. Older Americans would pay $5,269 more per year on average, the CBO said.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Before most people are out of bed, Trump is watching cable news. Indeed, with Twitter app at the ready, the man who condemns the media as “the enemy of the people” may be the most voracious consumer of news in modern presidential history. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

So President Trump faces a Catch 22 that is not of his making, but one that belongs to Republicans. If the bill passes and causes millions of Americans to lose insurance or pay a lot more for coverage, that’s bound to hurt President Trump more than Congress.

Yes, Obamacare is doomed to failing but under any new law would take at least two years to put into action. So, the rush that Ryan is pushing is a self-imposed timeline.

President Trump can craft a deal that both Republican and Democratic support. Give him time, kill this bad bill and let President Trump sit down with the key players, lawmakers, insurance executive’s, healthcare executives and other people who are involved in the success of any long term healthcare bill.

This needs to be Trumpcare not Ryancare, because in the end the president will own it.
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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.