Trump Turns Up the Pressure

Trump Turns Up the Pressure

On Tuesday, president Donald Trump pressured reluctant House Republicans even more. The reason for this is his desire for his new health care bill to pass voting on Thursday, in the House. His administration’s new bill plans to completely remake the American health system. Also, it comes as a replacement for former president Barack Obama’s health care law, the so-called Obamacare.

The struggle to find votes

President Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence and the Republican congressional leaders can lose 21 votes and as of today have only lost 17. They are still trying to gather the most votes possible on Thursday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to make a statement to the Senate. Trump warned the Republicans about losing their seats during a meeting behind closed doors at the Capitol. According to some witnesses, Trump directly told Mark Meadows, chairman of Freedom Caucus, who is very concerned about the bill, that he will come after him if he failed to vote. The president later stated that losing is not something he is going to accept this time.  

What will Trump do?

As for getting the public to back his administration’s health care law, this will be very hard to do. Opinion seems to be split but the Rasmussen poll that was released yesterday has President Trump at 50%. So as long as the bill is good the President should not have any issues. 

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary also said that they would surely remember the people who helped them when they needed it the most. They would also remember those who did not, and do something about it. As for specific details concerning the bill, the president has not offered too many. He stated that he first wants it to pass the vote and then, he will be able to focus on its more important amendments. All in all, it will be interesting to see whether or not Donald Trump’s health care bill is going to pass the vote on Thursday. If not, will he punish those who did not stand by him, as he said? Or he will try and find other ways to repeal and replace Obamacare?

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