Yes, I'm an A-Hole Shaped Like This – So What
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After a series of GOP failures to pass any health care legislation this week, Trump tweeted that the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare was not dead — “unless the Republican Senators are total quitters.”
Earlier in the day Trump used Twitter to declare that Republicans “look like fools” a day after they failed to pass the so-called “skinny” health care plan, which he followed with threats to insurance companies and lawmakers.
One of his tweets in a series of tweets (now reinforced above it seems): “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon.”
The Trump administration cancelled $5 million in HealthCare.gov ads that advertised the upcoming enrollment season. Now, Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments that help reduce insurance premiums — particularly for low-income people — and keep companies in the market.
DEM Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) claimed that Trump was putting his thumb on the scale and toying with the lives of millions, saying: “If the President refuses to make the cost sharing reduction payments, every expert agrees that premiums will go up and health care will be more expensive for millions of Americans. The president ought to stop playing politics with people's lives and health care, start leading and finally begin acting Presidential.”
Senate rules state that three-fifths of the Senate must agree to end the debate over a piece of legislation and move to a vote, which is known as invoking cloture.
Trump added: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT'S TIME!”
McConnell previously dismissed such demands from Trump, who said in a May 2 tweet: “Either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%" or the country would need to undergo a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!”
Another Trump tweet: “Democrats were laughing at R's and would dismantle the filibuster if they ever got the chance.”
“A good shutdown?” WTF is a good shutdown vs. a bad shutdown?
“Fix the mess.” WTF? Trump created most of the mess.
As I said, the man has no shame, yet remains shameless… e.g., remember this from Trump who said recently that he would let Obamacare die and that that he will not take any personal blame for its downfall.
So, place your bets and see who stands for right or pushes for more wrong… This whole thing ought to be a hoot.
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