Donald Trump addressed the nation’s governors yesterday in the White House.
Sensible governors to whom Trump spoke, including some Republican governors, are concerned about some twenty million people losing their health care.
Trump campaigned relentlessly last year against the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare, vowing to repeal and replace it, with not the faintest idea what to put in its place. And now, Republican members of Congress are catching hell from angry constituents who will lose their health care when the GOP has its way.
Any “replacement” of the ACA will have to take place before the Republican-controlled Congress can address tax reform — another thing Trump wants to get done in his first 100 days.
And now Trump says that our health care system is “unbelievably complicated,” and he resents the fact that replacing the ACA has to be done before Congress can take a look at tax reform and other items on his agenda, such as making the US much less hospitable to immigrants.
In the face of all these complexities, associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones overheard Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, tell Mr. Trump that it might be a good idea to ask his vice president, former Congressman and former Indiana governor Mike Pence, how government works.
Enough of that. Let’s just take a look at what he plans to say to a Joint Session of Congress this evening.
Many of those on the Republican side of the aisle never thought that the mega-billionaire would be standing before them; they actually thought that somebody who knows something about government would become the leader of the free world.
Associate solitary reporter Maggie Smith, who covers Congress for us, spoke, moments ago, with Congressman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina), the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of ultra-conservative Republican Members of Congress which caused House Speaker John Boehner to resign from Congress abruptly in 2015.
“Maggie,” Meadows said, “the best thing Trump can do is get up there, foam at the mouth as he does so effectively, blame everything on Obama and the Democrats, and then announce his abdication. Then with Mike Pence in charge, we can really make America great, starting with making evangelical Christianity the national religion.”
Smith and Jones will be attending the Joint Session this evening and will report on it tomorrow.