If President Trump and the Republicans who want to do away with Obamacare are to have any chance of succeeding, they’re going to have to make it personal for Americans on the fence, and those Americans are going to have to put some serious pressure on their elected representatives.
That’s exactly what the president did on Monday afternoon, giving a short but powerful speech at the White House in front of several real-life Obamacare “forgotten victims.”
“Behind me today we have real American families … who are suffering because seven years ago a small group of politicians and special interests in Washington engineered a government takeover of healthcare,” Trump began. “Every pledge that Washington Democrats made to pass that bill turned out to be a lie.”
The president then went on to name the families behind him and how Obamacare has affected their specific situations.
“For Senate Republicans, this is their chance to keep their promise,” Trump continued. “Over and over again, they said repeal and replace, repeal and replace. But they can now keep their promise to the American people to provide emergency relief to those in desperate need of help and to improve healthcare for all Americans.”
“Obamacare is death,” Trump said, “It’s broken, it’s collapsing, it’s gone. And now it’s up to us to get great healthcare for the American people.”
“Any senator who votes against starting debate is telling America that you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare,” Trump concluded, ending his speech with some serious pressure on the RINO politicians who voted time and time again to repeal Obamacare when they knew then-President Obama would veto the bill.
The speech was short, to the point, and powerfully effective. So effective, in fact, that CNN’s ‘token conservative’ commentator and frequent Trump critic S.E. Cupp even had a few nice words to say during a panel discussion after the speech.
“Let me just say, welcome to Washington, Mr. President,” Cupp said. “Because as everyone had stated, this was a very typical, traditional, classic White House moment of political theater. But you cannot understate how extraordinary that is for Donald Trump. This was a speech about real people and real problems with real enemies, not imagined enemies, you know? He didn’t slam the press or his own [attorney general], for example, or imagined threats. He went after the real enemy, which he sees as Obamacare and the Democratic policies behind it. That was not only incredibly disciplined, but I thought very effective. I also heard, for the first time, some policy in this speech. He talked about what the bill was going to do and what it wasn’t going to do. Again, we can talk about there being a low bar, but this really was one of the most — this is the opposite of presidenting by tweet, what we just saw here. And it might be common for another administration, but for this one, this was new.”
Even CNN anchor Dana Bash agreed and offered a backhanded compliment, saying, “This is standing at a lectern in one of the ornate rooms of the White House doing something super-presidential, which we would have gone like this, so what, if President Obama and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, blah, blah, blah, had all done this. But this is so jarring because it’s so classically presidential and so un-Trumplike.”
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