After signing an executive order eliminating the illegal, unconstitutional payments, President Trump has seemingly completely reversed his position on ending Obamacare’s cost-sharing policies.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, the president said he would support a deal struck between Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., to restore the subsidies — essentially amounting to bailouts for insurance companies — through 2019.
Trump called it “a short-term solution so that we don’t have this very dangerous little period.” But agreeing to restore the cost-sharing payments with congressional authorization is a far cry from the position the president had last week.
The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
Money pouring into Insurance Companies profits, under the guise of ObamaCare, is over. They have made a fortune.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2017
Dems must get smart & deal!
“Over”? Not so it seems, and that’s catching conservatives by surprise.
So i just wrote a 1400-word essay praising Trump for his health care move https://t.co/xTTU4mIiUr Then he agrees to Lamar on bailout!— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) October 17, 2017
Trump is doing the same thing on CSR he did with amnesty. Agree on unconstitutional use of executive authority, but ask 4 it legislatively.— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) October 17, 2017
It seems that for the president, ending the insurance-company subsidies wasn’t a principled decision. It wasn’t a matter of good policy. It was a bargaining chip Trump used to force the Democrats to come to the table on a new bipartisan bailout for Obamacare.
A deal has been made. But what good are these deals if they betray Republican campaign promises and preserve the national, long-term disaster that is Obamacare?
Republicans ran against Obama on Obamacare and bailouts. Now they are doing both - with control of all 3 branches.— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) October 17, 2017
This is not the deal Trump voters wanted.
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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