(National Sentinel) Healthcare: President Donald J. Trump seems to be learning the ropes in Washington, D.C., as he hit back at GOP hold-outs and Republican leaders in the Senate who failed to fulfill their earlier promise to repeal-and-replace Obamacare.
Two tactics the president is considering: An executive order that would end lawmakers’ Obamacare subsidies for them and their staffs, and refusing to pursue a legal case regarding billions of dollars in compensation for insurance companies.
As reported by Fox News:
Senate Republicans ended July in humiliating and seemingly final defeat over repealing and replacing ObamaCare, but relentless pressure this weekend from President Trump and reports of yet another potentially winning bill have sparked renewed hope of success within the party.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reportedly has a new overhaul plan for the Senate, where senators will return Monday because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has revoked the first two weeks of their traditional August recess.
Trump also met privately with several Senate Republicans on Friday, according to Politico, which also first reported about the Graham proposal.
Trump took to Twitter to rant against the failed repeal effort, claiming Republicans “look like fools.” The failed effort led Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to declare, “It’s time to move on.”
Um, not exactly, the president responded.
Beyond taking away Congress’ subsidies, Trump also hinted at ending subsidies to insurance companies that offer policies under ObamaCare.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox News Sunday” that Trump will make that decision “this week.”
Calling lawmakers’ O-care subsidies “a sweet deal,” she noted further, “This is exactly what so many Americans hate about Washington, D.C. The president will not accept those who said it is, quote, time to move.”
Republicans have repeatedly vowed to get rid of Obamacare, which has caused major spikes in health insurance premiums and deductibles, while also failing to deliver on every other promise Democrats made when they passed it in 2010.