Friday, March 24, 2017

Trump's brush with reality

So: TrumpCare v. 1, aka the grandly named "American Health Care Act", has been pulled from consideration, with no immediate plan to bring it back. The legislation couldn't attract enough votes from House Republicans no matter how its language was modified. (Even if it had passed the House, it faced a tough time in the Senate.)

Who can sum up this moment? Maybe this fellow, from back in February:

President Donald Trump on Monday [27 February 2017] claimed that “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated” ...
Mm, yes, "nobody knew" — except for those pesky members of Congress who fought tooth and nail in 2009 over what became known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare". (Mr. Obama and his administration knew how complicated the subject was, too.)

Speaking of fighting, how's our Dear Leader doing after this first legislative fight of his administration?

Mr. Trump expressed weariness with the effort, though its failure took a fraction of the time that Democrats devoted to enacting the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010. “It’s enough already,” the president said.
Tired already, Don? But you're "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”! Your "strength and physical stamina are extraordinary”! How can you have had enough already?

Your base is waiting for you to revamp the tax code and build that wall, among other things, Donnie. Better start popping some vitamins.

I suspect you're going to proclaim that "nobody knew" those things were so complicated, too, before those legislative fights are over. (And again, you'll be wrong. Oh well.)

The reality is that governance is hard work and details matter. (As most of us would say: "Duh!")

Reality sucks, doesn't it, Donnie?

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