AIM Editor Roger Aronoff appeared on June 22 on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Conservative Commandos Radio Show to talk about his article, “Can the GOP Pass a Healthcare Bill in the Current Environment?”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is still trying to strike a deal to be able to send a bill to the Congressional Budget Office before leaving for the Fourth of July recess. Republican Senators are engaging in horse-trading to design a bill that could be reconciled with the House legislation and sent on to President Donald Trump for his signature. However, as Aronoff said, whatever the Senate designs—if it doesn’t scrap the law entirely—it merely perpetuates a government program which can be greatly expanded when Democrats regain power. “I think [former President Barack] Obama is breathing a big sigh of relief if they can get something passed,” said Aronoff.
“Look, they’re removing the employer mandate, they’re removing the individual mandate, they’re turning over a lot of things to the states,” said Aronoff. “But at the end of the day there are still subsidies for the insurance companies…it’s basically a big program being run by the federal government…”
Obama’s signature legislative achievement is in danger of transforming into Trumpcare, especially among media elites eager to criticize the Republican President for Obamacare’s long-standing flaws. “It is just totally, as far as they’re concerned it’s off of Obama’s hands…as much as it’s failed and as much as states have been reduced to either one or even no insurance companies left in the exchange, it’s now a Republican problem,” said Aronoff.
Trump himself has made repealing Obamacare trickier, said Aronoff. “…look, Trump has made this even a little trickier because he cheered when the Republicans in the House passed their version of the bill, and then he was quoted as saying that it was too mean,” he said. “…And then he [says] we need one with more heart, more heart, and so that’s supposedly what the Senate has done now.”
Trump is trying to cater to a hostile media, Aronoff argued. “I frankly think it’s going to be hard and then even, when he says that—more heart, we spend more money—it’s like he thinks somehow he can get the liberal media to finally applaud him, or approve of him, and that’s never going to happen.”
You can listen to the complete interview here: