Republicans are still reeling after voters slammed their attacks on health care.
The Trump White House plans to distract from Republican attacks on health care coverage with a series of public relations events and announcements. The initiative is of such importance to Trump, the Post reports that the advisers working on the spin campaign "are meeting at least daily."
The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Trump insiders plan to hold the propaganda events they are planning "every two to three weeks until the 2020 election."
Republicans are still recovering from the 2018 midterm elections, in which many Democrats successfully campaigned against years of Republican attacks on Obamacare. Democrats won back control of the House of Representatives.
"White House officials are eager to inoculate the president against a repeat of that strategy in 2020 — and reduce the GOP disadvantage on an issue that pollsters say plays to Democratic strengths," the Post noted.
The Post reported that Trump's team hopes to take up several proposals that, at least on the surface, echo Democratic ideas.
A lobbyist told the paper that White House Domestic Policy Council Director Joe Grogan said the administration intends to try to co-opt the most popular, progressive ideas from Democrats.
Among the topics of possible interest include lowering drug prices, expanding Medicare, and help for rural hospitals.
The Trump team also reportedly hopes to use executive orders to blunt health care criticisms.
"Against the advice of many congressional Republicans, White House advisers are also working to craft an Obamacare replacement plan that Trump could campaign on," the Post reports.
While Trump is trying to create the appearance of health care action, he is still trying to gut the popular law.
From early in his presidency, he attempted to sabotage enrollment in Obamacare, cutting off advertising and outreach efforts put in place by former President Barack Obama to get Americans connected with care. Because people have missed out on signing up, the fallout has cost the country millions in health care expenses that would not exist otherwise.
Trump has kept up sustained attacks on critical programs and policies designed to expand or reinforce health care. He even backs an extremist court case that could completely undo Obamacare. And Trump said in March that he hoped to "terminate" coverage for at least 20 million people after his administration moved to officially support the court case challenging Obamacare.
Republicans in Congress have stood with him in these efforts, which would undo vital protections for those with preexisting conditions.
Trump has had to turn to the courts and executive action because he no longer has a House of Representatives who will back his attacks up. The Democratic majority has instead tried to get Trump and McConnell to back legislation that helps increase coverage, rather than decrease it.
Trump's aborted attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare counts as one of the biggest failures of his unpopular presidency.
Republicans sought to take health care coverage away from millions but ran into unified Democratic opposition and a few key Republican defectors.
After losing the fight, most Republicans don't even want to touch the topic.
"Many [Republicans] also have little appetite to return to the debate over repealing Obamacare," the Post noted. Republicans have been gunning for Obamacare for nearly a decade, since its passage in 2010. They keep losing. But Trump is pushing them on.
Trump wants to attack the health care system while also pretending to do something about it. Instead of working to shore up the system, Trump just wants public relations to fool the country into thinking he cares.
Published with permission of The American Independent.