Be very skeptical about a House AHCA vote next week. Sr GOP aide: "There is no whip count being done right now because there is no text yet"
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 20, 2017
One theory in GOPland is that the White House is trying to manufacture momentum but lacks a strong understanding of House dynamics. https://t.co/g1vlzYN9Jb
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 20, 2017
Strong-willed toddlers go through a phase when they announce that they are a favorite cartoon character, or a superhero, or a bear. Ensues a period of days or weeks during which caregivers, for convenience, agree that toddler will be addressed as Spongepants Squarebob, or Ms. Mighty Morphin, or A Bear. Sooner or later, either the toddler gets bored with the rigors of performance art, or a crisis arises when toddler must be forcibly overridden because reality trumps performance — ursine behavior regardless, toddlers are *not* permitted to defecate in ‘the woods’ (i.e., nap corner of the daycare playroom).
Donald Trump is enjoying his second childhood in the Oval Office so much, he’s decided to pretend he’s A Legislator… again. Which fortunate Republicans will be given the thankless task of persuading the President-Asterisk to pull up his pants, and stop making things worse for the GOP?
Per the Washington Post:
President Trump is pushing Congress toward another dramatic showdown over the Affordable Care Act, despite big outstanding obstacles to a beleaguered revision plan and a high-stakes deadline next week to keep the government running.
The fresh pressure from the White House to pass a revision was met with skepticism by some Capitol Hill Republicans and their aides, who were recently humiliated when their bill failed to reach the House floor for a vote and who worry now that little has changed to suggest a new revision would fare any better.
The effort reflects Trump’s sense of urgency to score a victory on Obamacare replacement and move on to other legislative objectives, notably tax restructuring. Passing an Affordable Care Act revision would also allow the president to show progress toward a major campaign promise as he completes his first 100 days in office…
House GOP aides in Washington worked furiously to scale back expectations for a quick vote on the legislation, citing the fact that lawmakers have not been fully briefed on the discussions. There was no deadline for finishing the legislation as of Thursday evening, and GOP leaders have not committed to plans for a Wednesday vote, according to one House GOP leadership aide…
Republican leaders have already admitted that they are unable to craft a spending bill that can appease the far-right flank of the GOP, and they have turned to Democrats to deliver votes instead. Democrats have so far been willing to work with Republicans to avoid a government shutdown, but any effort to schedule a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act could destroy those talks and threaten a government shutdown that Republicans have vowed to avoid.
Congress has five days next week to pass a spending bill, a tight timeline under the most generous of circumstance that would be nearly impossible to meet if House leaders also try to force a vote on the repeal legislation. Several Republican and Democratic aides said there is a chance that both parties could agree to pass a very short-lived spending bill — one that kept the government open one week, for instance — to give negotiators time to carefully complete a broader spending agreement. But Democrats are already warning that they could walk away if GOP leaders push for repeal…
— Nick Gourevitch (@nickgourevitch) April 20, 2017
I am sensing HEAVY SKEPTICISM from senior House Republicans about a vote next week. And I'm putting that mildly.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 20, 2017
Trump's rhetoric on health has been completely consistent for two years: something good, something terrific, something I will not identify. https://t.co/UgDyP88Mda
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 20, 2017
The most devastating health care question a reporter could ask Trump:
"Mr. President, how exactly does your plan work?" https://t.co/Tbc9aVq4OM
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 20, 2017
Honestly, if Trump started insisting that they already passed the bill, 50% of GOP voters would believe him. https://t.co/VOABPHAVb6
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) April 20, 2017