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President Trump: Remember The Snake

"I saved you, " cried the woman
"And you've bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm going to die"
"Oh shut up, silly woman, " said the reptile with a grin
"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in”

From “The Snake” by Oscar Brown Jr. performed by Al Wilson

Donald Trump reads The SnakeDuring the recent presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump occasionally used the lyrics of Oscar Brown Jr.’s The Snake, a minor soul hit for Al Wilson in the 1970s, to illustrate the point that accepting Muslim immigrants was dangerous to the safety of Americans and the future stability of constitutional liberty in America.

You can view a clip of Donald Trump’s use of the Snake metaphor through this link.

However, the President does not yet seem to grasp that the same metaphor applies to accepting establishment Republicans into his councils in the hope that they will adopt and advance his anti-establishment agenda.

And there is no better example of the veracity of this metaphor than the coming train wreck of Speaker Paul Ryan’s non-repeal and non-replacement of Obamacare – one of the President’s central campaign promises.

Obamacare 2.0, Rinocare or Ryancare, whatever you call it, the bill is actually worse than Obamacare in many respects, and it is all being done behind closed doors using budget reconciliation, not open debate and amendments.

Setting aside the illegal alien subsidies, the key problem with the draft House health care bill is that it fails to correct the features of Obamacare that drove up health insurance costs observed Edmund Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation.

Instead, it mainly tweaks Obamacare’s financing and subsidy structure.

Rather than repeal and replace Obamacare, the bill focuses on protecting those who gained subsidized coverage through the law’s exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion, while failing to correct Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that drove up premiums for Americans buying coverage without government subsidies.

Haislmaier says about 22 million individuals currently receive subsidized health coverage through the exchanges (8 million) and the Medicaid expansion (14 million). For them, Obamacare’s higher insurance costs are offset by the law’s subsidies.

However, that is not the case for another group of about 25 million Americans with unsubsidized individual-market coverage (10 million people) or small-employer plans (at least another 15 million people).

Those 25 million are the ones who most need relief from Obamacare, and have the strongest motivation to politically support repeal and replace. Haislmaier points out that their real-life experience of Obamacare has basically been “all pain, no gain,” as they have been subjected to significant premium increases and coverage dislocations with no offsetting subsidies.

Unfortunately, the draft House bill provides no meaningful relief for that group that is most adversely affected by Obamacare and most supportive of repeal – and most likely to have voted for President Trump.

Instead, the draft bill leaves Obamacare’s costly insurance regulations in place, and attempts to offset those costs with even more subsidies. The draft bill’s new “Patient and State Stability Fund” is particularly problematic. That program would provide grants to states of up to a total of $100 billion over the nine years 2018-2026 – in essence substituting new Ryancare funding for old Obamacare funding.

What’s the bottom line?

It is clear to us, and many other conservatives that Paul Ryan and the rest of the Capitol Hill Republican “leadership” never intended to repeal Obamacare – the many repeal votes while Obama was President were merely “show votes” taken to make it look like establishment Republicans opposed what they actually support; benefits for illegal aliens, massive entitlements and more big government.

So how did a smart guy like President Trump get suckered into endorsing this approach before the bill was final?

Enter White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan’s old buddy from Wisconsin Republican politics.

When Priebus was announced as White Chief of Staff the primary selling point used to deflect conservative criticism of the appointment was that he was the best person available to manage the relationship with Speaker Ryan.

But, as those businesses and interest groups who hire establishment lobbyists often discover, lobbying is a two-way street; the person hired to use their relationships to influence an antagonistic Congress will, as often as not, influence the client to drop the fight and go along with what Congress wants to do.

And so it appears that is what Reince Priebus and the other Capitol Hill establishment Republicans who have been brought into the White House are doing to President Trump.

Back in October, just a month out from Election Day, as the tide began to turn toward a Trump victory Paul Ryan told House Republicans that he would not campaign with or defend Donald Trump.

Then-candidate Donald Trump’s response was to hit Ryan on Twitter saying, “Despite winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!”

Trump wrote in a subsequent post about an hour later, "Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty." That tweet was followed by a third tweet stating: "It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to."

Mr. President, you were right about Paul Ryan back in October, just like you were right about the snake.

To stop Ryancare's benefits for illegal aliens, massive new entitlements and big government we urge conservatives to contact the White House to let President Trump know he's being suckered on this deal.

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Trump

The problem that President Trump had when he took office was that here he was, an outsider who was President but he had the so called Democrats that were antagonistic toward and Republicans that were antagonistic toward him. He had to work with them. It is impossible to work with the so called Democrats because they are a bunch of morons that have vowed to oppose anything and everything that President Trump wants to do, so that means he must work through the Republicans. So what is he going to do? He must put many of the very Republicans that opposed him and bad mouthed him during the campaign into key positions. It had to happen. There was no way around it. He has done a lot in putting outsiders into the cabinet, but he can't put outsiders into every position because he has to have the Congress to get anything done. That is why we have establishment people in these positions. I wish he could have gotten around it but he couldn't.

RINOcare

It appears the Republicans just do not get it! Or maybe they do and are just hoping they can bamboozle the American public by tweaking the wording somewhat in Obamacare rather than ditching this oppressive Act altogether. I have always believed them to be intelligent or they wouldn't have been elected to Congress..., but they have been inundated by their constituents, in all states, with screams of disdain for "The Affordable Care Act," (which is anything but affordable) and they still are whistling down the same dead end road pushing the same idiotic agenda.
It seems they have joined forces with their Liberal cohorts in repeating the same mistakes over and over and after discovering these ideas don't work they continue repeating them over again expecting a different outcome! I believe that is the perfect definition of insanity. C'mon already! Get off your behinds and do your jobs or you may find you don't have one come next election!