(CNN) – President Donald Trump is once again taking a break from Washington, but this time he’s not at his resort in Mar a Lago, he’s spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey.
The president is feeling confident he’s improved his game on health care after Trumpcare made it through the first round in the house. But there are plenty of hazards ahead in the senate
The president’s prognosis on Trumpcare, sounds like it will be a cinch in the senate when he tweeted
And the president is promising Trumpcare will be a big league bargain for consumers, he said, “Premiums are going to come down substantially. The deductibles are going to come down. It’s going to be fantastic health care.”
But White House officials acknowledge the senate, where the republicans hold a slim majority, may be the biggest hurdle yet.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, said, “We expect there to be some changed, but we expect the principals and the main pillars of the health care bill as it exists now to remain the same.”
Moderate republicans have already isolated their biggest problems with the bill out of the house, namely that it weakens protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions and reduces funds for the Medicaid program for the poor.
Not to mention it hasn’t even been analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office to determine how many consumers might lose coverage.
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia added, “When the house passes a bill, rushes it through before they know what the CBO score is, it tells you it is not about health care. It is more about politics.”
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Even conservative republicans, like Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy wants to guarantee care for people with pre-existing conditions, “I ask does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test. Was the child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life. I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”
That’s in reference to late night comedian, Jimmy Kimmel, who revealed his baby son was born with a congenital heart problem, a condition that could strike rich or poor.
Kimmel said “If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”
But the microscope is already on senate republicans, who formed a health care working group that doesn’t include any women, a reminder of the nearly all-male gathering at the white house.. For the president’s Trumpcare victory lap.
President Trump said, “This really is the group. What a great group of people.”
Critics are wondering whether the president even knows what’s in the current bill after he lavished praise on the Australian health care system, to that country’s prime minister. As it turns out, Australia has universal health care run by the government.
Pres. Trump said, “I shouldn’t say this too, a great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do but we’re going to have great health care very soon.”
The president tried to clean that up with a tweet:
Huckabee said, “I’m saying that the president was complimenting a foreign leader on the operations of their health care system and that it didn’t mean anything more than that.”
Despite all of the president’s bold promises and predications. The white house isn’t ready to embrace the name “Trumpcare.”
White house spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters you can call it what you want.