President Trump left Washington for a 17-day vacation at his Bedminster, New Jersey Golf Club, and the news didn’t sit well with many Americans. Trump was hard on Obama for taking vacations that cost taxpayers millions of dollars. But Trump didn’t waste any time tweeting a message that he was not on vacation. He said he was working making calls and setting up meetings because the White House was in renovation mode. But riding around in a golf cart with his clubs in the back may not the kind of meeting environment that gives Americans comfort. But the wheels of progress are still in motion, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even though members of Congress and the President are wearing shorts, Polo shirts, and baseball caps.
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is talking to Democrats over the August break. Alexander wants to fix some of the glitches in the Affordable Care Act, and he wants the Democrats to support those changes. Alexander wants to pay insurance companies the subsidy that is part of the Affordable Care Act through 2018. Those subsidies are under attack by President Trump, according to one of his tweets. He is threatening to stop those payments, and if that happens Obamacare will implode. But if the Democrats agree to allow states to pick their own health care standards a new health care act could rise from the ashes, according to Alexander. Insurers provide those standards under the current health care act, and that is creating issues for many states.
Senator McConnell said he and other Republicans, would support changes in Obamacare if the Democrats agree to some of the reforms that Alexander is proposing. McConnell was in front of an audience in his home state of Kentucky for the first time since the Republican health care bill was put down by fellow Republican Senator John McCain. But McConnell didn’t mention health care in that Kentucky meeting. He was in a deflecting mode, so he brought up a few positive things like the Republicans winning the election and blocking Obama’s choice for a Supreme Court seat.
But the deflection tactic may be too little too late for the Senator. The Democrats believe McConnell’s best days in Washington are behind him. The people of Kentucky are upset. McConnell’s vote to eliminate health care coverage for 16 to 23 million people could be the vote that sends the Senator back to the green, green, grass of home, according to Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general, Andy Beshear.