July 10, 2017 8:46 am -

Ladies and gentlemen, your deep-thinking game-show host speaks out on wealthcare!

With negotiations having appeared to hit an impasse, President Donald Trump used Twitter on Monday morning to try to put pressure on Republican lawmakers to pass a healthcare bill.

“I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!” Trump tweeted.

Riiiight – and we can WIN the war in Vietnam! Meanwhile, back on Capitol Hill:

Senate Republicans are starting to consider what they should do if their ObamaCare replacement bill fails to pass.

Lawmakers are largely splitting into two camps: those who want to work with Democrats on a fix to the healthcare law, and those who want to simply pass a straight repeal of the law and work on a replacement later.

While conservatives are mainly behind the second option, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made waves on Thursday by saying that his party could work with Democrats to stabilize ObamaCare markets if the repeal bill fails.

“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private health insurance markets must occur,” McConnell said.

McConnell’s comments could have been a intended as a message to conservatives who are opposed to the repeal bill, suggesting they will like the result even less if the GOP has to work with Democrats.

Horrors! The prospect of compromise! Would Sainy Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil have ever allowed such a thing?… er… um… wait… oh, right… never mind!

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.