One of the many baseless accusations that are often hurled at President is that he is rigid; an unmovable man. This is a common thing said about many men with conviction, and while it is true on a macro level, it usually is not true on a micro one. While Trump may be utterly unmovable on his pledge to shred every word of Obamacare to confetti, he is not as planted on how it is to be done.
The fact is, even the most diehard supporter of the President will declare that despite the red hat still being proudly worn, “Ryancare sucked.” Thankfully for us all, Trump is not the man portrayed by the media, but one that is open to fixing the in other ways, since it remains. After all, Trump had no hand in the construction of “Ryancare,” a fact that the MSM loves to purposefully overlook as they blame the President for its failure.
Some say that Trump is a businessman and not a politician (a fact that his base adores), but then again, former President Barack Obama was not a doctor. That fact did not stop him from playing one while in office and giving America the blight on healthcare called “The Affordable Care Act.” Trump is taking the smarter approach and using his business mind to do what business giants do, and that is to consult those who know how to tackle a problem when one arises. This is how Dr. ended up on the president’s golf course to talk about the repeal and replacing of Obamacare. This happened in spite of the fact that Paul was one of the most vocal opponents to Ryan’s plan.
Trump could not have chosen a better person to tee off with, since not only is Dr. Paul a PhD, but so was his father, liberty legend, Ron Paul. It is not a secret that while the President and Paul have golfed together before, things soured during the campaign with short jokes and abortion talk destroying Paul’s run. Still, it was Paul who supported Trump the loudest during the fake Russian sex news row, something that Trump likely remembered. It showed that he could count on Rand Paul to be fair in his praise or condemnation apart from any bickering that happens. Not only that, but from a business perspective, members of the Paul family are some of the most knowledgeable doctors in American politics. As such, they know what works for both care and costs. More importantly, they know what does NOT work.
America’s leader had just tweeted his assurance to the people that talks about repeal/replace were going on and that those talks “will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck.” He also declared that anyone who thinks that the deal is “dead” is someone who “does not know the love and strength in R Party!” In the end, even though such matters as healthcare are meant to be state’s issues FAR removed from the burdensome hand of the federal government, having the best medical minds in Congress crafting the language is vital.
For that reason, even Constitutionalists can be happy that such a man as Rand Paul is getting a say in this. It can be imagined that Paul may golf his worst game ever as he pleads his case; a humorous thought when one considers how animated Rand can become. It is not often that a libertarian-leaning mind gets the President’s ear for such a long time. America needs the Dr. at his very best here.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said that the president talked about some policy ideas with not only Dr. Paul, but also budget director, Mick Mulvaney. This is why so many of the people who make up the Trump base are delighted with the fact that he IS a businessman. While it may be nice to allow every facelift, abortion and tummy tuck to happen on the government’s dime, it is just not practical.
That kind of “be nice to everyone at any cost” mindset is why a decent man like Bernie Sanders was betrayed by the religious base of which he would count himself a member. It may sound nice to give everyone as much as they need for free, but the facts are different. Those realities say that care must happen to those that need it before they are wasted upon those that want them, or the system shall crash. We are already seeing the failing caused by the overextension of government promises with Social Security and Obamacare itself.
Paul saw the failing of Ryancare as a “great day” for the President because it saved him seeing “his” failed healthcare plan replacing Obama’s. Replacing “awful” with “not as bad,” so to speak, is not what Dr. Paul felt was the best that America could offer. “I continue to be very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement on replacing Obamacare,” he said.
In an article that appeared Sunday in the Financial times, it is reported that Trump said “I don’t like to lose. But that wasn’t a definitive day. They are negotiating as we speak.” In other words, the battle is lost, but the war shall be won! Just as he did not win all Primary States to secure his nomination, he need not win every attempt to secure an overall victory. These are life lessons for a country who has lost her way. This is why he said also, “I didn’t want to take a vote. It was my idea. One way or the other, I promised the people great health care. We are going to have great health care in this country.” His base needn’t lose hope, his promises were made to be kept.
We have nothing etched in stone about what Trumpcare 2.0 shall be, but we do know that everyone is hearing from furious voters that Trump promised a REPEAL and that what Paul Ryan delivered did not cut it. Ryan’s bill just amended the healthcare act, something which would only delay its collapse. The people have chosen to allow the federal government tinker with healthcare, and they are demanding that it be both reasonable in cost and effective in nature. For that happen, it is important to talk to doctors, not politicians. Even a “dumb” businessman knows that.
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