It’s ‘my way or the highway’ from the perspective of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). He told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos that he and the Democrats will work with their Republican friends on Obamacare, as long as replacing it is not part of their agenda. Everyone’s acknowledged that Obamacare is not perfect, but the solution is not to get rid of it and replace it with something else.
“We have ideas, they have ideas, to try to improve Obamacare,” Schumer said. “We never said it was perfect. We always said we’d work with them to improve it. We just said repeal was off the table.”
Basically, Trump, the Senate, and the House won’t be getting any assistance from the Democrats unless the Democrats are the ones in control of the agenda. CNS News added:
Getting personal, Schumer also said it wasn’t “presidential” of President Trump to say he would “destroy” Obamacare (a system that is imploding all on its own): “That’s petulance,” Schumer said. “Being petulant, not a president. It’s not going to work.”
“The job of the president is to make Americans’ lives better. And if he, out of anger or vengeance or whatever, starts undermining the ACA, it’s going backfire on him because he’s the president and the American people know he’s in charge and they want him to make things better.”
Schumer said Republicans who continue to insist on repealing Obamacare will “get nowhere.”
“So they ought to get rid of repeal. Drop it. It’s been a flop for them because of the substance of repeal. And work with us to improve it.”
Further, Schumer said that Republicans will get nowhere with their tax reform agenda if they’re going to be anything like they were with Obamacare repeal and replace:
“If you analyze, George, what went wrong with ACA, the president exhibited two traits that are not very helpful. And if he repeats them in tax reform, they’ll get nowhere.
“The first is basic lack of competence. You cannot run the presidency like you run a real estate deal. You can’t tweet your way through pit. You can’t threaten and intimidate and say I’ll walk away. It’s more complicated.
“But even more to the point, the president campaigned as a populist against the Democratic and Republican establishments. But he’s been captured by the hard right wealthy special interests. That’s who loved his proposal on the Trumpcare, because it gave huge tax cuts to the rich.
“If they do the same thing on tax reform, and the overwhelming majority of the cuts go to the very wealthy, the special interests, corporate America, and the middle class and poor people are left out, they’ll lose again.”
They act like they won in November. They act like they own the place, like they’re the ones holding the cards. Schumer’s getting on to Trump for ‘undermining the ACA,’ as if the Democrats are not at all trying to undermine Trump’s entire presidency, administration, and agenda.
Congress’s rating are always at all-time lows. People don’t like the fighting. I think that the fighting is what happens when there are two major parties who are ostensibly opposed to each other, but who are in the end, dedicated to the same goal: that of expanding the size, scope, and power of the federal government, and enriching themselves in the process.
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