Today in “You Don’t Say?” (AHCA Edition)
But if the A.H.C.A. stands as the chief policy distillation of Trumpism, then the central Democratic argument in 2018 and 2020 should be entirely clear: Trump is not a populist but just another pro-plutocracy Republican, and everything his party promised you on health care was a sham.
You don’t say?
Snark aside, a few observations:
- I am not sure the AHCA is a distillation of Trumpism, but is rather a distillation of the current state of the House GOP. It is Trumpism only in the sense that Trump doesn’t really care what is in the bill.
- I would like to point out that populism is really more a style of politics more than it is a promise of specific policy outcomes. Many politicians (and commentators) who use populist rhetoric and approaches often do not govern in a way that is commensurate to that rhetoric. (And in Trump’s case, I am not sure he knows the difference in any event).
- But yes: any promises about improving health care from Trump and the GOP has been a sham to date, and I don’t expect that to change.