Amidst the fallout of “Trumpcare’s” demise, so-called-populist President Trump lashed out by iterating his desire to let the Affordable Care Act – which has been stunted by the Trump administration since his inauguration – die without a replacement, and that neither he nor Republicans would take responsibility for its ill effect on millions of Americans of which he is endangering.
“We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us,” Trump said. “It would be nice to have Democrats support but really they’re obstructionists. They have no ideas. They have no thought process. All they want to do is obstruct government and obstruct, period.”
Clearly, the president lives in an alternate reality, or at the very least wants to convince his base that such a reality exists.
But his words were met by strong reaction from the left, including in particular from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. Typically more bipartisan than not, Booker was having none of Trump’s ridiculousness.
“The great deal maker failed to make a deal,” Booker said in a CNN interview with Don Lemon. “And so now he’s just saying I am going to imperil 30 million Americans … you will see very devastating things happen. That’s just not a cynical way that’s violating his promises, that’s sinister. It’s evil to plot against Americans like that.”
“Democrats were not invited to the table,” Booker told Lemon when reminded of Trump’s assertion of Democrats as “obstructionists.”
“They were not allowed into the secret meetings. We had no hearings. He didn’t call us up to the White House to have conversations to listen to our ideas.”
Booker continued to argue that the President is actively trying to “sabotage Obamacare by threatening not to enforce the individual mandate, by threatening not to make the resources for so-called cost-sharing available and he’s even stop advertising for healthy people to enroll, which is essential to have healthy folks enrolled.”
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