I believe we may be seeing the semblance of the Obamacare replacement marketing program.
- The President is positioning it would be easier to just let it crash and burn , that the Democrats built a pile of junk.
- He met with the Insurance CEOs to bring them into the mix, probably telling them to crank of their “Harry and Louise” advertisement departments to flood TV with what a great deal the replacement will be, many plans to choose from to meet your needs and budget.
- He is tying replacement to come before tax cuts, the reverse of the House priorities.
- He is positioning Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to own the reason it will not be fixed if they block it in the Senate. Harry and Louise will ask why we cannot have the plans we want.
- If all else fails, I expect a DHHS waiver for the Health Insurers to sell competing products outside the requirements, less coverage for much lower rates.
Just a guess… YMMV.