Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Politico -- Republicans ignore Trump's Obamacare taunts

Major news outlets say Senate Republicans don’t care what President Trump tells them what they ought to do. This is good news if it holds up. It’s about time Republicans took a stand against Trump. Why would anyone pay any attention to a man that doesn’t know what he’s talking about?

The President doesn't even know how much health insurance costs.

Politico reports:

Senate Republicans have no plans to revive their party-line attempts to repeal Obamacare this summer, despite President Donald Trump's increasing frustration over the chamber's failed attempts last week to gut the law.

Trump over the weekend taunted his own party's slim majority, saying on Twitter they'd look like fools and total quitters if they abandon the health care push. But GOP senators appear unmoved.

'Until somebody shows us a way to get that elusive 50th vote, I think it's over,' said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Republican. 'Maybe lightning will strike and something will come together but I'm not holding my breath.' ... Privately, Republican aides said there is essentially no chance McConnell will take another shot at repealing Obamacare soon.

'Do I think we should stay on health care until we get it done? I think it's time to move on to something else. Come back to health care when we've had more time to get beyond the moment we're in and see if we can't put some wins on the board,' said Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of GOP leadership. 'Tax reform, infrastructure are the kinds of things we ought to be looking at.'"

By Burgess Everett And Jennifer Haberkorn