Trump to GOP: Support the Healthcare Bill or Lose Your Seat in 2018!
The Healthcare debate is red hot leading in to the upcoming vote.
Donald Trump is known as a “closer”. He gets the deal done. And he’s wasting no effort on this one, working very hard to secure enough votes to get his Bill approved!
He held a massive rally in Kentucky on Monday night, with one of the main purposes being to rally public support to the new Bill.
Now he just sent a major message to any holdouts in Congress: “Vote for the Bill, or risk losing your seat in the midterm elections.”
Trump critics have always claimed that he couldn’t govern effectively because as President you have to work with Congress – you can’t just dictate things like he could as CEO of Trump Organization. But those people fail to understand what Trump did in the business world for the last 40 years. They also haven’t read The Art of the Deal. If they had, they’d realize that Donald Trump could rarely dictate something and make it happen. To the contrary, it was PRECISELY his skill of bringing people together (Cities, investors, rival developers, tenants, buyers, sellers, agents, bankers, etc) into complex and complicated deals that made him so successful. It was his innate knack of knowing where his leverage was over a particular group and then applying that leverage to get what he wanted. You read about it all throughout The Art of the Deal.
And now we’re seeing Donald apply these same tactics to force Congress’ hand in this GOP bill. I have no doubt he will be successful!
Here is more breakdown, from Bloomberg:
Donald Trump warned House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that many of them could lose their seats in the 2018 elections if they don’t pass their bill to replace Obamacare.
The president’s message came a day after GOP leaders made several changes to their measure aimed at wooing reluctant Republicans, including limits to Medicaid enrollment and an accelerated phaseout of some taxes.
“Support it!” Trump told lawmakers, according to Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina, who said he still opposes the measure. He said Trump’s remarks contained “nothing in detail, except politically it’s the right thing to do.” Trump didn’t take any questions from lawmakers.
Asked on his way into a closed-door GOP meeting whether they had the votes, Trump said, “I think so.” And Republican leaders voiced optimism that the new changes would put them over the top when the bill reaches the House floor Thursday. A member of the House vote-counting team said they’re getting closer to the 216 votes they need for passage.
“The president just came here and knocked the ball out of the park,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday. “He knocked the cover off the ball.” He called the moment a “rendezvous with destiny” for Republicans.
But House conservatives said late Monday that they didn’t get the changes they were looking for and could block passage.
“Currently there are not enough votes to pass the legislation,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Monday night after a raucous caucus meeting. The group, which has opposed earlier versions, didn’t take an official position on the changes, but a spokeswoman said a whip count by the group showed it could defeat the bill.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Trump singled out Meadows and joked that he’d “get there too,” according to Representative Fred Upton of Michigan. Upton added that Meadows, red-faced, stood up and acknowledged the president.
After the meeting, Meadows said he’s still a no. “If this was about the president, I would have changed a long time ago,” he said.
Conservative Republican Mo Brooks of Alabama also said he wasn’t impressed by Trump’s election threat.
“I think if we do vote for this we will lose the majority,” Brooks said after the meeting.
The alterations are being proposed to help add Republican support for the bill, which is set to come up for a vote on the House floor Thursday, and House leaders sounded an optimistic note about the chance for passage. The changes would allow states to require people covered by Medicaid to work and block U.S. funds for any new efforts to expand the health program for the poor.
It isn’t clear yet whether the changes will persuade enough Republicans.
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