Strap in. Rhetorical wrestling over the Affordable Care Act’s bedside chart is just getting started.
President Trump tweeted, “If our healthcare plan is approved, you will see real healthcare and premiums will start tumbling down. ObamaCare is in a death spiral!”
And in this corner: A Standard & Poor’s analysis says the ACA marketplace is “not in a death spiral” unless the administration and Congress give it a nudge by blocking key subsidy cash. A nationally important example for this case, Florida, sits in the shadow of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, as a Palm Beach Post story examines.
Why the fuss over how bad it is or isn’t? Remember Trump is trying to negotiate on several fronts. Talks are still ongoing to get divided GOP factions to unite on a replacement health plan. At the same time, he is trying get Democrats to play ball on a health rewrite, or perhaps accept ACA subsidies as a bargaining concession in exchange for support on other budget priorities, like a border wall.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer on Monday called money for the wall a “non-starter,” saying Trump promised Mexico would pay for it anyway.
So the temperature isn’t going down in this war or words on health care.
“ObamaCare is in serious trouble,” Trump said in another tweet Monday. “The Dems need big money to keep it going – otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought.”