Trump just admitted defeat on his latest Obamacare attack with pathetic Twitter backtrack

His Republican sheep in Congress were horrified by President Trump when — apparently intoxicated by the seeming success of his scheme to bury the most damaging revelations uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for the time being — he decided to pick at the scab at the worst wound of the first half of his presidency, the failure of his promise to repeal Obamacare.

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Trump was feeling his oats when he directed his Justice Department to switch sides in the court battle and expand the fight against the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his detested predecessor from merely eliminating protections for pre-existing conditions to trying to ensure that the entire health care law was ruled invalid — potentially causing millions of Americans to lose their healthcare.

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The president then pointed to a “spectacular” — if non-existent — Republican-drafted replacement plan for Obamacare that was supposedly waiting in the wings and told the world that Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) — a man who resigned as the CEO of the Columbia/HCA hospital network amidst a federal investigation that resulted in a $1.7 billion fine against the company for Medicare fraud — would be helping craft the legislation.

As Republicans collapsed into fetal positions after hearing of  Trump’s unexpected and unilateral decision — having already felt the sting of the public’s reaction to the thought of losing their health insurance in the 2018 midterm elections — the magnitude of the political pile of dog droppings that the president just purposefully stepped into became clear.

Trump began walking back his healthcare rhetoric yesterday, inexplicably confirming the lack of any real GOP healthcare proposals by claiming that he would withhold taking up any legislation until after the 2020 elections when — in his delirious fantasies — Republicans would take back control of both houses of Congress as he sails to re-election.

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He amplified his initial comments on the matter with a pair of morning tweets today.

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That the “wonderful HealthCare package that some very talented people are now developing” for Trump & the Republican Party is another example of the president’s attempts at selling the American people a pig in a poke is undeniable.

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The snake-oil-selling huckster seems to forget that when purveyors of ineffective cure-all potions return to the scene of their original scam, the crowd will already be aware of the con and considerably less gullible.

It will be interesting to see what kind of castles in the air Trump and his GOP co-conspirators will be putting on “full display” during the 2020 campaign. As with most conmen, Trump is counting on an impressive display of salesmanship to shunt the public’s attention from the details of a yet-to-be-invented healthcare plan that will miraculously redefine the heretofore mutually exclusive concepts of “better” and “less expensive” medical services while maintaining all of the coverage that Obamacare currently offers.

Trump is correct in identifying healthcare as a great campaign issue. It was the most significant factor in the Democratic victory in the House last year, and his decision to bring it back front and center for the 2020 elections leaves his opponents gleeful — particularly when the less than eloquent president insists that “Republicans will always support pre-existing conditions!” that people would prefer not to suffer from, rather than supporting prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to the people who have them.

That Trump’s Justice Department has been suing in federal court to remove protections for healthcare consumers with pre-existing conditions serves as a dire warning to the public to watch what Trump does, not what he says, when discussing the issue that affects the very lives of so many people. In the end, it may not be Mueller that brings Trump down, but his own lies and arrogance towards the health of the nation’s citizens.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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