dtw2hyd wrote:I never said to work with the Republicans, I said work with Trump. Trump is not a Republican in any sense.
Repeal & Replace is history, Repair or Refurbish is the only option left. If Schumer/Pelosi can bring a decent proposal along with all democratic senate/house votes, Trump will bring enough Republican votes in senate/house to push it thru.
If Trump really wanted Democratic input he would warn Congressional Republicans that he'll veto any bill that is not fully bipartisan, but he had no problem celebrating when the House passed the AHCA with 2 votes over the minimum (and none from the Democrats). He has the cards: Republicans don't have votes to override a veto so he is in full position to make demands from Congress or threaten vetoes. Republicans are in control of Congress and the presidency. As much as you want to claim that Trump is not a Republican, the fact remains that he ran and won under the Republican banner. You may not agree with his policies, but Congressional Republicans have so far either remained quiet or are eager to go through with anything he proposes (to the point where even candidates are trying to be his #1 supporter).
Sorry, but I don't pin the blame at all on Democrats for being opposed to policies that they're not being included in. The AHCA in the Senate is being crafted behind closed doors; where are the public hearings? Where are the amendments? And why is it trying to be passed under budget reconciliation instead of a normal Senate vote?
But Democrats are the bad players here?