After meeting with GOP governors who, as discussed yesterday, appeared to have gotten cold feet about repealing and replacing Obamacare (or repairing and renaming) if it means millions of Americans – and potential voters – losing coverage, not to mention the end of billions in Federal funding for various projects, President Trump reached an important conclusion: Reforming the health care system is extremely difficult and as he admitted, “nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated,” as Republicans have been slow to unite around a replacement plan for ObamaCare.
“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said after a meeting with conservative governors at the White House. The GOP governors were in D.C. this weekend for their annual conference and met with Trump to talk about various topical issues, however the focus of the conversation appeared to focus largely on healthcare.
As reported on Sunday, governors – as well as Congressional republicans – have been split on what should be done with ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, which brought health coverage to many even in deep-red states. While Trump didn’t publicly address that issue Monday morning, he said ObamaCare’s repeal and replacement will give states more flexibility “to make the end result really, really good for them.”
He had some encouraging words, however, saying that “we have come up with a solution that’s really, really good I think. Very good.”
One hopes that the rest of the governors, not to mention Congress, share his sentiment: after as all Trump himself admitted, it now appears that tax reform is being held hostage by the Obamacare repeal process, as the White House first needs claity on the revised Obamacare costs before it can propose a tax plan, “phenomenal” or otherwise.
Trump also dismissed the latest poll which showed support for ObamaCare at an all-time high – to be expected with a 14 Democrat oversample – with 48% viewing the law favorably compared to the 42% who don’t. The president responded to this as follows: “People hate it but now they see that the end is coming and they say, ‘Oh ,maybe we love it.’ There’s nothing to love. It’s a disaster, folks.”