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VB The Wise: Trump Time

Wait, What?

Doug 'VB' Goudie
October 18, 2017 - 5:43 am

   Tuesday morning on Fox and Friends, Kellyanne Conway laughed off a question by saying "Washington just isn't used to Trump Time".  I must say, Trump Time does take some getting used to. ​ Here's what I mean.  As I write this column, there are two headlines on the main page of CNN right now.  The top one is: "Senate Agreement would restore key Obamacare subsidies for 2 years".  Just below that is the following headline:  "Trump kills key Obamacare subsidies - what it means."  (And by the time you read this column, he may have vetoed the Senate agreement or tweeted bad things about Lamar Alexander, the Republican who cut the Senate deal.)  Indeed, the news happens fast with Trump, the old headline hasn't even left the front page before the new one totally contradicts it!  Trump Time!

   Look, healthcare is complicated, we all know that.  It gets even more complicated when we are on Trump Time.  After all, I was just starting to figure out why Trump was cutting the subsidies, "the insurance companies were getting rich" after all.  But just when I was getting a handle on that, the Senate seems to have come to an agreement, which Trump himself says he supports, on restoring those very subsidies for TWO years.  Not one, but TWO years???  So unless I'm missing something, Trump on Tuesday is in favor of the Senate undoing what Trump did the previous Thursday - executive ordering the rescinding of those subsidies.  Hmm.  And I have two questions on this agreement: one, how do the insurance companies not "get rich" over those two years? and two, why TWO years?  If Congress is going to repeal Obamacare, and Trump said again on Tuesday they have the votes, then why TWO years?  Wouldn't one year suffice?  (Two years conveniently gets past the 2018 midterms, in case you hadn't noticed.)  Oh, and a third question: does Rand Paul now have to give back the pen Trump used to sign the Thursday Executive Order?

   The great Ferris Bueller once famously said, "life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it."  That was so true in the 1980's, but then, Ferris wasn't living on Trump Time?  I'm guessing if we asked Ferris to explain what happened the last few days with the Obamacare subsidies, we'd be left saying "Bueller?"  "Bueller?" as we waited for his answer.

More wisdom next week.


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