I suppose if anyone is entitled to write about this, I am:
After months of hammering Republicans over their failure to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump huddled this week with moderate House Democrats and Republicans who were trying to sell him on a fix to the health care law.
Upon hearing it had bipartisan support, the president had one question: “Can I call it ‘repeal and replace’?”
“You can call it whatever you want, Mr. President,” a Democratic lawmaker told Trump, eliciting laughter throughout the room.
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As I’ve said all year, and as far back as Barack Obama’s first term, the best option all along for Republicans on health care may well be to just call “Obamacare” something else and call it a day — a “pretend and rename” strategy. The only thing foolish about Trump’s question here was that it was a question at all. Democrats certainly should be willing to turn over authorship of the Affordable Care Act to Republicans in return for an end to efforts to repeal or undermine it.