JUST IN: President Trump’s plan to replace Obamacare with his own “Trumpcare” — which many House Republicans have dubbed “Obamacare lite” — failed in the House this afternoon.
Now, Obamacare is the law of the land.
Immediately following the failure, Trump called none other than the Washington Post. Specifically, he spoke with White House reporter Bob Costa.
Via the Washington Post:
President Trump called me on my cellphone Friday afternoon at 3:31 p.m. At first I thought it was a reader with a complaint since it was a blocked number. Instead, it was the president calling from the Oval Office. His voice was even, his tone muted. He did not bury the lead.
“Hello, Bob,” Trump began. “So, we just pulled it.”
Trump was speaking, of course, of the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, a plan that had been languishing for days amid unrest throughout the party as the president and his allies courted members and pushed for a vote.
Before I could ask a question, Trump plunged into his explanation of the politics of deciding to call off a vote on a bill he had been touting. The Democrats, he said, were to blame.
“We couldn’t get one Democratic vote, and we were a little bit shy, very little, but it was still a little bit shy, so we pulled it,” Trump said.
“As you know, I’ve been saying for years that the best thing is to let Obamacare explode and then go make a deal with the Democrats and have one unified deal. And they will come to us; we won’t have to come to them,” he said. “After Obamacare explodes.”
“The beauty,” Trump continued, “is that they own Obamacare. So when it explodes, they come to us, and we make one beautiful deal for the people.”
Trump went on to tell the Washington Post that his plan is to wait and watch the current law fail. He believes that because Obamacare is such a failure, Democrats will eventually want to work with him to fix Obamacare. He didn’t tell Costa when that would be.
This comes at the dismay of many conservatives around the nation, who believe that Democrats are unlikely to work with Trump on anything.
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