President Trump thought making America great again would be a lot easier than it's turning out to be. In a Monday meeting with numerous Republican governors, he discussed the slow process of repealing and replacing Obamacare and has been quoted as saying, "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." In response to hearing about Trump's healthcare statement, Bernie Sanders couldn't help but immediately break into laughter.
"Well, some of us who were sitting on the Health Education Committee," he said to Anderson Cooper, "who went to meeting after meeting after meeting, who heard from dozens of people, who spent — stayed up night after night trying to figure out this thing out, we got a clue. When you provide healthcare in a nation of 300 million people, yeah, it is very, very complicated."
Asking Congress to repeal Obamacare was one of President Trump's "day one" promises, which likely increases the level of pressure the president feels to get it done. Unfortunately, Republican legislators disagree on what exactly the replacement for Obamacare should entail. After the party decides on what to replace the Affordable Care Act with, they'll have to calculate a budget and figure out how things like Medicare and Medicaid will function.
The president has already expressed frustration with not being able to carry out his plans. After U.S. District Judge James L. Robart put a stop to Trump's ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the president tweeted, "What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?"
Multiple reports have suggested that Trump and the staff he's chosen have little idea of how the United States government actually works.
One of the president's key campaign talking points was his promise to "get things done," unlike career politicians who he described as being "all talk." He often tweeted about the ineffectiveness of politicians throughout the years. "Nobody understands politicians like I do - all talk and no action," he tweeted in 2015. "They will never get our country where it needs to be, truly great again!" It was an attack he used on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and his Republican opponents.
Perhaps now that he is seeing first-hand how difficult the process is, he'll start to rethink his old criticism. The question is — will his followers accept his explanation?