Friday, March 10, 2017

Trump's investment in health care repeal: It's all about beating Obama (kerry Eleveld) · Wednesday, March 08, 2017, 7:42 pm

Why would a sitting president wake up at 6:30 AM on a Saturday and take to Twitter to level wild conspiratorial claims about a past president? Sure, Donald Trump is unhinged, but journalist Robert Costa pinpointed on MSNBC Tuesday what's really haunting Trump's first few months in office.

He truly thinks day to day about President Obama and he compares himself to how much President Obama was able to accomplish in his first few months in office. Why? He is somewhat haunted, as some put it to me, by President Obama's first term. I'm not sure, I'm not a psychologist. But he does often talk about what President Obama was able to do with a Democratic Congress back in 2009.

Those comparisons have not figured favorably for Trump. A series of articles along with cable news coverage over the past several weeks have noted that while Obama logged several major legislative wins within his first months in office, Trump has been forced to scrap his biggest executive action to date (the Muslim ban), has resorted to continually insisting that his precious border wall will be built, and has been resigned to signing into law several relatively obscure (though destructive) regulatory changes. That's a pathetic scorecard, frankly, when compared to Obama's whirlwind of activity, including enacting a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

So as Congress embarks on Paul Ryan's fraught effort to repeal health care for millions, that's the lens through which Trump approaches the task at hand.


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