On Tuesday, President Donald Trump ignited a debate about healthcare that several Republicans criticized as a bad political move for the president.
Trump said that he wanted to repeal Obamacare, but failed to offer solutions for a replacement. He said that his goal was to make the GOP the healthcare party.
“The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care,” Trump told reporters. “You watch.”
Several pundits saw this as a “gift” to Democrats and said that this fight would benefit them in 2020, seeing as the healthcare debate did not go over well for Republicans in the past.
While talking to The Daily Beast , a GOP official called out the president for being “tone deaf,” and said he should still be celebrating the Mueller report after Attorney General Bill Bar concluded that Trump and his campaign did not conclude with Russia.
“They are completely tone deaf,” the official told The Daily Beast. “How about a few more victory laps on Mueller while you can get away with it? WTF is wrong with them?”
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said that Trump has not outlined a plan for healthcare.
“I don’t think you can really rethink health care until you know for sure whether Obamacare continues to be part of it or not,” Blunt said. “I think we’re ahead of ourselves to assume that the court would say that Obamacare is somehow no longer there.”
Some Republicans noted that Trump is not interested in healthcare but simply wants to erase Obama’s legacy.
“It doesn’t surprise me because this president is a hyperbole in action every day, so if there’s an opportunity to end the whole Obamacare, ACA, regardless of the consequences of doing that, he’s fine,” a former administration official said. “Though, it speaks to the lack of anybody within the administration pushing back, and it gets fewer and fewer and fewer individuals who will speak with responsibility.”
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