Some are impatient with his handling of the repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
However, his approach is that of a corporate executive, not a politician. And when you are dealing with an industry that represents nearly a fifth of the national economy, diligence matters.
Over the weekend, he met with the nation's governors, focusing on hospitalization insurance -- which is how we finance most of health care.
Republican rival, Governor John Kasich of Ohio said, "He listened very carefully to what I had to say. We talked about the whole range of issues, including the high cost of pharmaceuticals contained in the Medicaid plan."
At the Governors Ball that Trump hosted on Sunday, it was Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, who made the toast to the president.
After meeting with Trump and Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida, Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin said, “Governors are more effective. They’re more efficient. They’re more accountable. For years, governors have said, ‘Give us the tools not just on health care, but on education, transportation, and other issues. Now is our chance to do it.”
On Monday, President Trump met with Brad Wilson, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Mark Bertolini, chairman and CEO of Aetna; Bruce Broussard, CEO of Humana; and so on, and so on. He wanted them aboard, too.
These are the people who will take the calls from irate constituents and costumers, and who will carry out Trump-o-care.
"We're very glad to be with him today to hear that message and certainly willing and wanting to witness how this all will transition to a workable plan for the United States," said Joe Swedish, CEO of Anthem, which has said it is evaluating whether it will participate in Obamacare next year.This is a dance, a negotiation, and a way to bring people on board. Getting a Democrat to vote for Trump-o-care seems unlikely but President Trump can get a nice majority of Americans on board by doing the repeal and replacement this way.
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