Source: Gallup Poll
President Donald Trump’s job approval rating fell to 36% for the three-day period of March 24-26, following Republican House leaders’ failed effort to pass a new healthcare bill that would have replaced the Affordable Care Act.
…Trump’s current 36% is two percentage points below Barack Obama’s low point of 38%, recorded in 2011 and 2014. Trump has also edged below Bill Clinton’s all-time low of 37%, recorded in the summer of 1993.
Trump is universally acknowledged to be running the most corrupt administration in our lifetimes. George W. Bush still holds the record for Worst President Ever, with a Gallup Poll low of 25 percent.
Despite the fact that it deserved to fail, the failure of the Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a bad thing.
The bill was horrible – Obamacare 0.5, a giant “screw you” to anyone not rich, and a policy nightmare that would have denied millions of Americans health care. It deserved to fail. But, its failure is going to resonate throughout the political system in complicated ways.
The failure to even bring it to a vote has badly damaged Paul Ryan. He’s always been overhyped and under-talented, but this failure reveals his incompetence as Speaker. Ryan tried to take a legislative short-cut and it blew up in his face. The hard work of crafting complex legislation take time, patience and the ability to bargain. It’s not an unpleasant process. Ryan tried to jam a major reform through Congress without the complicated process. On the quotes that’s floating around is that 56% of people disliked the bill; in an environment this partisan, that’s an accomplishment.
Ryan may hold onto his speakership. But, his influence has been greatly diminished; his inability to get enough votes for a major campaign promise will undermine him. We may yet see him follow Boehner — wash his hands of the problems and walk away. An ungovernable party will become even more fractious. A majority unable to govern is a recipe for disaster.
In this article at the conservative site Town Hall, Steve Chapman makes a number of interesting points but his primary argument is that health care is intractable and probably unfixable: Read the rest of this entry »
It is not Donald Trump. His polls are tanking in the 30 percent range.
Yes, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is the most popular political figure in the country, at 61 percent. He can boast a +28 net favorability rating, dwarfing all other elected politicians on both ends of the political spectrum.
Sanders’ effect on Trump voters can be seen in a gripping town hall this week that MSNBC’s Chris Hayes hosted with him in West Virginia – often referred to as “Trump country” – where the crowd ended up giving him a rousing ovation after he talked about healthcare being a right of all people and that we are the only industrialized nation in the world who doesn’t provide healthcare as a right to all its people.
Best of all, Bernie has inspired a wave of progressive candidates that could re-make the Democratic Party into the party of the people in just a few years.
The Tea-GOP politicians have spent eight years making impossible health care promises. They said they would repeal the ACA, and challenged it in the courts (wanting us to forget that it originated as a right-wing proposal from the Heritage Foundation). Senator Orrin Hatch condemned the individual for-profit private insurance mandate as unconstitutional, ignoring the fact that he once wholeheartedly supported this exact same policy. Then they said they would replace the ACA with something better, except everybody knows that single-payer Medicare For All (supported by a majority of Americans) is the better system– and the Tea-GOP is adamantly opposed to it!
Of course Donald Trump’s characteristic style of campaigning meant that his pie in the sky was the highest and the best.
“Obamacare has to go. We can’t afford it. It’s no good. You’re going to end up with great healthcare for a fraction of the price. And that’s going to take place immediately after we go in. Okay? Immediately. Fast Quick.” (CSPAN 2/19/16, Timestamp 34:23)
Of course progressives understand that everything the Tea-GOP says about healthcare is, as they say in political science, bullshit. They have no interest in using government to provide health care or even health insurance to average Americans. Speaker Paul Ryan is looking for one thing: Big tax cuts for the rich, and benefit cuts for the rest of us — especially the most vulnerable who rely on Medicaid.
What has inevitably been dubbed “Trumpcare” is now being railroaded through the House of Representatives. But it might be designed to fail. The bill as it is presently constituted cannot pass the Senate without a 60-vote super-majority, and a number of Tea-GOP senators have come out against it.
I suspect that the Tea-GOP deliberately produced an extremely unpopular wealthcare bill because they don’t actually want it enacted. Why take ownership of the health care issue and have to spend years defending “Trumpcare,” which Paul Krugman describes as a bill “so bad it’s awesome”?
Instead, they want it to fail and they plan to blame the Democrats. Trump is already saying this.
The American Health Care Act Is A Wealth Grab, Not A Health Plan
Trump Prepares To Blame Democrats For His Health-Care Fiasco
Teflon Don? On The Right, If The Repeal Effort Fails, Trump May Emerge Unscathed
Trump administration teams up with Big Pharma to block drug pricing transparency
Only trust Trump and maybe Faux News Channel.
Via Raw Story:
…Trump attacked the press and invented a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened on Saturday at his rally in Melbourne, Florida, but some people will remember the rally for one reason only: Trump supporter Gene Huber.
“A star is born,” said Pres. Trump on Saturday after he invited ardent supporter Gene Huber on to the stage to address the audience.
Huber is a longtime Trump booster who followed the campaign from rally to rally in 2016.
He told CNN after the rally, “I got a six-foot cardboard box of Pres. Trump in my house and I salute that every single day.”
Huber continued, “And I pray. I tell him, ‘Mr. President, I pray for your safety today. And I’m not lying. I do that every day.”
Huber was first in line for the rally at 4:00 am (i.e. 14 hours before it started). While waiting, he was interviewed by cable news reporters. Trump was watching TV of course, and later when he recognized Huber from the stage he invited him to come up and speak.
Maybe he can replace Sean Spicer.
Fact Check: What Trump Got Wrong at His Rally (Really, at this point why bother?)
Governor Gary Herbert’s hopes to negotiate with the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), sponsor of twice-yearly trade shows in Salt Lake City, were dashed today. It was clear that OIA considered it is time for action, not more talk.
OIA Executive Director Amy Roberts said “it is important to our membership, and to our bottom line, that we partner with states and elected officials who share our views on the truly unique American value of public lands for the people and conserving our outdoor heritage for the next generation.”
The OIA said it specifically asked Herbert for four measures that outdoor businesses consider important to their future in Utah:
• End legal efforts or support for congressional action that would facilitate the sale or transfer of federal lands to the states.
• End efforts to nullify the Antiquities Act.
• Stop seeking to reverse the designation of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Herbert this month signed a resolution from the Utah Legislature asking President Donald Trump to rescind the monument designation.
• Support other public lands “that provide the backbone of the industries sales,” OIA wrote.
Herbert did not agree, Roberts said.
“For 20 years … we feel like we’ve been a good partner and very upfront about our [member concerns],” Roberts said, “and what we’ve seen is sort of a ratcheting up over time in actions either by the Utah Legislature or the congressional delegation that really start to threaten public lands and the public’s access to the lands.”
OIA has decided to pull out of Utah, effective in 2019. Most likely the retailers will move their events to Denver, Colorado.
Yesterday, Leonard Pitts published a bracing editorial in response to statements from Trumpistas:
Just last Sunday, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller declared on CBS’ “Face The Nation” that “our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”
What you do “will not be questioned?” Lord, have mercy. That’s the kind of statement that, in another time and place, would have been greeted with an out-thrust palm and a hearty “Sieg heil!” Here in this time and place, however, it demands a different response:
Just who the hell do you think you are?
Yet you and your coterie of cartoon autocrats think you’re going to cow them into silence and compliance by ordering them to shut up and obey? Well, as a freeborn American, I can answer that in two syllables flat.
Trump supporters have to go to bed face-down because of all the knives sticking in their backs, and that’s an alt-fact!