It seems that when your supporters believe everything you say, you are free to say whatever you believe.
Still smarting from his initial failure to pass the AHCA bill, President Trump assured lawmakers that a healthcare deal is going to happen. In fact, he says, the deal will be easy, reports TalkingPointsMemo.
On Tuesday, at a White House reception for senators and their spouses, Trump said:
I know that we’re all going to make a deal on health care. That’s such an easy one. So I have no doubt that that’s going to happen very quickly
He then doubles down, saying,
I think it will, actually. I think it’s going to happen. Because we’ve all been promising, Democrat, Republican, we’ve all been promising that to the American people.
With the lack of support for the GOP’s initial attempt at repealing Obamacare, primarily by Democrats who were unified in their resolve to not allow 24 million Americans to lose healthcare coverage, as well as a lack of support from many members of the Republican party, it is unclear how Trump expects a deal to be made at all, much less “easily” as he says.
Still, Trump is no stranger to bold claims. But bold claims are of little value when the President needs more than empty rhetoric to move forward with his plans. After twice failing to pass a travel ban, and with the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump’s healthcare woes come at a bad time. His administration needs viable initiatives and bipartisan support, both of which are proving increasingly elusive after the administration’s polarizing actions in the early days of Trump’s presidency. Whether a bipartisan-supported healthcare bill can get traction remains an optimistic goal at best. Promises of a healthcare deal being easy are downright ludicrous.