We all aspire for similar things in life – a roof over our heads, food on the table, education for the youth and health care for all. All the rest are excesses that we can live without. For centuries now, mankind has been struggling to meet its daily needs. From primitive hunting to manual farming, we have come a long way today. And despite the rising and falling of economies, people will always struggle to provide these basic necessities with or without the help of the government.
America is in such a dire situation today. The country is facing a lot of issues today – from the economy to international trade to basic health care services. Confusion is always expected when the leadership changes especially when they are from opposing parties. The new president will likely want to wipe out every trace of the previous administration.
President Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on recalcitrant Republicans to support a sweeping bill to overhaul the health care system, threatening wavering lawmakers in his party with political payback if they failed to get behind a measure that has become an early test of his negotiating power.
In a series of meetings and phone calls at the White House and on Capitol Hill, Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Republican congressional leaders haggled with holdouts over details as they struggled to assemble a majority to support a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The legislation is scheduled for a floor vote on Thursday in the House.
But at a private meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol, the president also delivered a blunt warning that many of those present would lose their seats in next year’s midterm congressional elections if the effort failed.
But it seems that despite his efforts, it is still not enough to finally repeal Obamacare and get the votes that he needs from Congress to do it.
Despite President Trump’s personal appeals to lawmakers, the fate of the Republican healthcare bill remained uncertain Tuesday, as the fraught relationship between the president and congressional Republicans faces what could be a defining test.
“Honestly, a loss is not acceptable, folks,” Trump warned lawmakers, bluntly telling fellow Republicans that failure to pass the bill to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act could cost the GOP its majorities in the House and Senate.
The morning strategy session at the Capitol was the first time in his two months as president that Trump met with almost the full House Republican Conference that was elected with him in November. The membership reflects the disparate coalition of Republicans who aligned to make him their standard-bearer last year. The question for the party now is whether that ideologically diverse group can govern.
Before Trump spoke, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) made a characteristically wonky presentation of changes that had been made to the legislation in hopes of winning over both conservatives and centrists.
President Trump has taken things personally in his desire to reform the National Health Care law and singled out Congressmen who aren’t helping his cause.
He came into the room armed with an index card identifying specific lawmakers, some of whom he singled out for praise after they were convinced to support the legislation, and others who were holding out. Among the latter were Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus and also an early Trump backer in last year’s contentious Republican primaries.
“Mark, I’m gonna come after you,” Trump said in a remark interpreted by some as a joke, by others as a threat, and by still more as potentially a little of both.
“The president was very direct,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), another longtime Trump backer who plans to vote for the bill. “We get this done — and tax reform — he believes we pick up 10 seats in the Senate and we add to our majority in the House. And if we don’t get it done, we lose the House and we lose the Senate.”
However, I hope we do not forget the bottom line of the issue here – the health care of every American.
About a half-million state residents have coverage through Medicaid expansion, and about 300,000 more have coverage through the marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear exactly how the GOP plan under consideration in Congress would change those figures in New Jersey, and Christie’s administration has declined to detail the proposal’s effects.
The bill would keep Medicaid expansion funds through 2019 but after that would offer states enhanced funding only for those already covered. The plan would also reduce subsidies used to buy insurance.
The issue straddles a major federal-state fault line that the next governor will have to deal with but that won’t be entirely within his or her control.
People’s lives are at stake. This is not just a display of power because it appears that it is President Trump’s motivation in doing all these gimmicks. We are talking about the health care coverage of the poor and the marginalized people in the country. People may die without sufficient health care coverage in times of need.
Although Obamacare is far from ideal, it is not exactly that bad or useless. In case a repeal indeed happens, we can only hope that they have refined the previous health care law and replaced it with an even better one (which many already doubts considering what is already stated in the new provisions).