Ep. 237 Obamacare Lives To Die Of Natural Causes
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Earlier I talked about the Trump honeymoon, and my belief that it wouldn't last long, in fact I thought it might have ended before the marriage began with the inauguration
It did carry on a bit after that, but it seems to me that the honeymoon is ending now
Today, the attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare went down in flames
That's something I had predicted a while ago; I said that I doubted that they would be able to repeal Obamacare and it turns out that I was right
They didn't do it
In fact, President Trump threw a Hail Mary late in the negotiations by threatening the Republican holdouts: "Pass this bill or else."
He basically said, it's this or nothing - If you don't replace ObamaCare, you're stuck with the consequences
I think that was a bad gamble for the President to have made, in fact as soon as he issued that ultimatum
I thought that was going to be a problem because I didn't think the conservatives were going to buckle as a result of that threat
And they didn't
Now, not only has the bill been pulled, President Trump is in a very awkward position because he's already said
Take it or leave it
And Republicans left it
Now how does he come back to the negotiating table?
Now, if he comes back, he doesn't have a lot of credibility
I still think it would be better if he went back to the negotiation table
I think it was a bad tactic for Trump to say, "It's my way or the highway
I think that if this bill doesn't succeed, they should try again
They should recognize the problems in the replacement bill and work harder to fix them
The problems is a lot of Republicans don't have the stomach for real reform

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