The Artlessness of Dr. Douché

So the GOP decided, once again, not to vote on Trumpcare, or the ACHING, or the “American Care? Hey, It’s Now Gone” act. But didn’t Il Douché run as a man who could make deals, a negotiator so brilliant and tough he alone would break the DC gridlock? How’s that working? When the vote on his first major piece of legislation looks like it’s going down in defeat, his reaction is to act like the spoiled toddler he is and tell Congress that if they’re not going to play by his rules, he’s just going to take his ball and go home. You don’t like his plan—then you’re just going to have to keep the healthcare you got (which is, apparently, what most of the American people wanted, at least if you believe the calls made to congressional offices that were running 48-to-one against).


I guess we can add “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” to the growing pile of unkept campaign promises, along with having Mexico pay for his beautiful border wall, and draining the swamp of special interests. Can’t wait for the Sunday yak shows to see how the administration spins this.

This shows up the problem with putting a businessman in charge of government. A businessman doesn’t like a deal, he can get up from the table. He he doesn’t put up the building or make that merger, someone else will. Government doesn’t work that way. If this bill dies, it’s not like there’s another congress he can turn to (at least until 2018). No one shakes hands,  the lot stays vacant, and nothing gets done. In this case, Obamacare stays on the books. That’s reason to cheer…for the moment. I can’t imagine the GOP will take much care in managing it; they won’t make the smaller fixes needed to keep insurers involved. Those who fought against Tr**pcare because it helped too many people have no interest in making sure Obamacare works.  They couldn’t kill it by legislation, so they’ll simply let it die on the vine.


About Steven Mirkin

Steven Mirkin’s diverse career has taken him from politics to pop culture to high art, offering him a front row seat to some of the most fascinating events and personalities of our time: writing speeches, fundraising appeals and campaign materials for Ed Koch, John Heinz and independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson; chronicling the punk/new wave scenes in New York and London; interviewing musicians such as Elton John, John Lydon and Buck Owens; profiling modern masters Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader and Jonathan Safran Foer; and writing for TV shows including 21, The Chamber, Let's Make A Deal, and Rock Star: INXS. He currently edits View all posts by Steven Mirkin

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