On Monday, Trump encouraged compromise efforts by Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray. But when the senators agreed on a plan to appropriate CSR payments, though he originally said nice things about it, he rejected it Tuesday. So did House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Democrats have naturally complained that Republicans, having failed to repeal or replace Obamacare, are trying to wreck it. There’s some basis for that, but one could also say it’s Democrats’ own fault because they passed Obamacare in a form even they knew was flawed.
After it passed, as Bloomberg’s Megan McArdle writes, Obama resorted to “dubious executive measures that temporarily shored up the program, but weakened even further the slim foundations of political legitimacy that held it up. And here we are seven years later, watching as one by one, those supports sway or snap.”