PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE AUTHOR OF “THE ART OF THE DEAL,” HAS BEEN PROJECTING HIS USUAL BRAVADO IN PUBLIC THIS WEEK ABOUT THE PROSPECTS OF REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. PRIVATELY HE IS GRAPPLING WITH RARE BOUTS OF SELF-DOUBT.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If President Trump’s healthcare bill gets voted down today, it is not the end predicted by the Liberal Left and the Fake News Media. But make no mistake about it, a lot is on the line for our new president, please pray today that the Lord’s will is done in today’s vote.
President Trump has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans.
He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the act’s passage, when the legislation was scheduled for a vote.
Two of his most influential advisers — Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, and Gary D. Cohn, the National Economic Council director, who had a major role in pushing the bill — came to agree, and did not like the compromise that was emerging. So on Thursday night, Mr. Trump delivered an ultimatum.