Trump Starts Next 100 Days With Bizarre Tweetstorm About Obamacare
President Donald Trump started his next 100 days in office by shifting the blame for his failure on key issues, including health care, to Democrats.
In a lengthy and wide-ranging CBS interview that aired Sunday, Trump told Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson that Democrats are to be blamed for Congress’ failure to pass his health care legislation before his 100th day in office, although Republicans control both chambers of Congress.
Trump also maintained that “preexisting conditions are in the bill. I mandated it.” Coverage with people with existing medical conditions has to be included, he continued, because “Obamacare is dead.”
However, the new version of the evolving Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act allowed for states to limit coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, a provision that cost the support of Republican moderates who already oppose attempts by Ryan and others to change the law.
Beyond his comments to Dickerson, Trump tweeted Sunday that Democrats wanted to bail out insurance companies and large donors. A new Trump plan, he tweeted, would feature lower insurance premiums and deductibles as well as let customers with preexisting medical conditions buy health insurance.
Larry Levitt, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, tweeted that statements like Trump’s create the kind of uncertainty that leads insurers to exit the health exchanges.
Along with his tweets on health care Sunday, Trump tweeted about the many news reports focusing on coverage of his first 100 days in office Saturday and jokes at the White House Correspondents Association dinner that night. Trump skipped the event, making him the first president since President Ronald Reagan to miss it.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ran against Trump for the Republican nomination, tweeted Sunday that he finds it unfortunate that Trump is still speaking in such a divisive manner at this point in his administration.
During an interview on Sunday, Kasich didn’t rule out a 2020 challenge to Trump.