Ingraham: White House trying to salvage GOP healthcare proposal

Laura Ingraham said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday she thinks President Donald Trump is not fully behind the Republican plan to revise the Affordable Care Act since the bill is not “popular” among conservatives and moderates alike.

“I think he’s given orders to fix this if possible,” Ingraham argued. “The fact that he doesn’t want his name on this from the very beginning… he’s a brand guy and if this brand is going down he doesn’t want to be tagged with it, and that’s why you see the shift over to this is going to be Ryan’s game to fix or to start over.”

In an intensive effort, the White House is trying to salvage support for the GOP plan a day after the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis showing 14 million fewer Americans would be insured next year under the GOP plan.

“He [Vice President Pence] is making the rounds in conservative media and it’s not popular and I think Donald Trump wants this to be popular and I don’t blame him,” added Ingraham. “I think he’s seeing the threads are slowly coming unraveled.”

Laura Ingraham on Replacing Obamacare: "It's a bum's rush to push this thing through"

Conservative Author, Laura Ingraham said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that many conservatives like Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas want the Health Care Replacement to be done right.  "Tom Cotton says why the rush, you kind of get the sense it's a bum's rush to push this thing through as fast as they are."

Ingraham said most conservatives just want "get this right and really do it right."  She continued by saying "the longer this thing goes on the harder it's going to be for them to pass it."

President Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace Obamacare when he got in office but Ingraham said that as it stands now many conservatives think it doesn't bring costs down and for fiscal conservatives "this doesn't do it for them."


Krauthammer on Congress: ‘It can’t get its act together’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that while many Americans are hoping the Republican-led Congress will tackle big ticket items like tax reform and health care this year, legislators in Washington seem incapable of acting on their own. 
“Here we have united government, or at least same party controlling everything, with a lot of momentum… And the great irony is that Congress has become so dependent on following the lead of a president, in general, [it is] allowing its powers to be usurped,” he said, adding, “One presidency after another, this is not the product of one party. But it's simply, now that it's in control, [Congress] can't get its act together.”
Instead, Krauthammer said lawmakers will continue to look to the White House for guidance.
“Unless you get strong presidential leadership, the president, say, next week in his quasi-State of the Union address saying this is what I want on tax reform and leading on it, that would be the decisive event,” he said, concluding, “In the absence of that, it's showing how, sort of, weak Congress has become, and how it's become habituated to looking to the White House for leadership. It's not getting it, it's not going anywhere.”

Juan Williams discusses Trump tweets on Rep. John Lewis

On “Special Report with Bret Baier” Monday, Fox News Contributor Juan Williams discussed President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter reaction to Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who said in an interview with NBC that he doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate President.”

“I think a lot of people, specifically people who know Civil Rights history, but I would say in particular black Americans of a certain age are just turned out, just think, ‘What is he saying? You can't say that about this guy,’” said Williams.

Trump took to Twitter the day after Congressman Lewis’ comments aired, saying in part that Lewis is “All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!” This was seen by critics as an untimely attack against a Civil Rights leader, just days before the federal holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Williams also said the visit by Martin Luther King III to Trump tower on Monday was not a demonstration of reaching out.  

“[Trump] didn't take any questions…retreating into the elevator,” said Williams. “I hope he does more on Inauguration Day.”

Goldberg on Obamacare Repeal: “This is a very difficult position that the Republicans are in”

Fox News Contributor and National Review Senior Editor Jonah Goldberg said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that despite repeated promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act under the new 115th congress, “this is a very difficult position that the Republicans are in.”

Vice President-elect Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) took to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with congressional Republicans on the first full workday for the new Congress. After meeting with the House Republican Conference, Pence told reporters  “the American people have spoken.  They want to see us repeal and replace Obamacare, and today, my message to members of Congress is that we are going to be in the promise-keeping business, and the first order of business is to keep our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it.”

Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan noted that after repealing Obamacare, as they work to implement a replacement plan House Republicans “want to make sure as we give relief to people through Obamacare, we do it in transition that doesn't pull the rug out from anybody  during that transition period.”

But even as the Vice President and congressional Republicans reiterated their pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, Goldberg noted that doing so may not prove as simple as it sounds: “a lot of Obamacare passed with 60 votes, so you can't get rid of those parts through reconciliation.

“You can't keep all of the popular parts of Obamacare, which Donald Trump promises to do, and still call it repeal, it's something else. And lastly, because of Obamacare's own internal flaws, it's sort of like a suicidal dying patient and the Republicans are leaping in to be the doctor of record for the patient, and that's a real political problem for them. They can make it die faster, but they can't save it and they can't get a replacement for it very soon either.”

Krauthammer on Schumer pronouncement America can’t afford a Twitter presidency: “Sore loser”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that new Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s pronouncement that America “can’t afford a Twitter presidency” is mostly baseless.

“Sore loser,” Krauthammer said. “The tweets are working. I mean, if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be using them… Trump has used [Twitter] on North Korea, he’s used it on Ford, General Motors… and it works.”

Krauthammer went on to say that while Twitter has proven to be an effective mode of communication for the President-elect, Trump may not find it as useful after he is sworn in as president.

“I think when he's in office, it'll be a little more problematic, because people will be presuming policy out of this,” he said, concluding, “It's hard to be either detailed or specific enough in a tweet to actually make coherent policy.”

Krauthammer: Obama’s environmental plan “egregious”

Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier”  that President Obama’s plan to ban offshore drilling in parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans is “egregious” and reveals the fact that the White House is trying to “nail everything to the floor so it can’t be moved” before Donald Trump takes over.

“Of course it can be moved,” said Krathammer. “The idea that because we're not going to drill the oil or natural gas is not going to be produced is ridiculous and it's going to end up being produced in Nigeria or places all over the world where the environmental standards are infinitely less than they are in the  U.S.”

President Obama invoked a 1953 law -- the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act – which gives him the authority to act unilaterally and declare a permanent drilling ban from Virginia to Maine on the Atlantic and along much of Alaska’s coast.

Krauthammer added this move will not allow us to compete with foreign countries saying, “the Chinese are opening a coal fired plant every week. It’s not going to stop. What we don’t do they’re going to do and all we’re doing is exporting jobs, exporting the waste and exporting the danger.”

Stoddard on Obama’s Syria comments: ‘It was so painful for him’

RealClearPolitics associate editor A.B. Stoddard said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that she was moved by President Obama’s comments at his annual end-of-the-year press conference on the massacre of civilians in Syria

“I just thought it was very poignant to hear President Obama use phrases like, ‘We were not successful,’ and, ‘I feel responsible,’” she said. “He was so heavy with responsibility, and it was so painful for him.”

Stoddard explained that the president felt there were no easy choices in Syria, and that he believed it would be too much to ask Americans, who already were in the midst of two wars, to invade that country militarily and rescue its people.

“It was a very painful discussion about how there are no options, even for Donald Trump,” she said, concluding, “[President Obama’s remarks] set up for all of us going forward the lack of choices there are at this point, and how much Donald Trump will be boxed in trying to get out of the mess in Syria.

Krauthammer on Syrian Civil War: "Obama decision of doing nothing"- "We see the result now.'

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that Obama did not do enough to intervene in the Civil War in Syria. Saying "when the redline was crossed we were in a position, the French were gonna help us, of purely an attack from the air or cruise missiles to wipeout the Assad Airforce and to disable the airfields.  That is not invasion, that would have meant you can't drop the barrel bombs."  Krauthammer added "the job of a super power is to deter the other super power.  There was no penalty the Russians had to pay at any stage at tipping the balance in the war and that was a role we could have played short of anything like a ground invasion."

Krauthammer added that Obama's inaction led the Russians to take advantage "when the Russians started to maneuver we didn't have to invade."

He pointed out that "people talk about there are only two alternatives, the passivity of Obama which ended today with Aleppo or invasion." And added " to put it up as the only alternative is to back up the Obama decision of doing nothing and we see the result now."


Krauthammer on Democrats vowing to delay Trump Cabinet Confirmations: 'Revenge is not a good strategy for the Democrats'

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier"  that if the Democrats want to hold up Trump's Cabinet confirmations as payback "they will suffer from that for 8 years."  Democrats are vowing to give Trump's picks the "Garland Treatment" after Obama's pick for the Supreme court, Merrick Garland, was held up.

Krauthammer warned the democrats of the optics of playing politics.  "Revenge is not a good strategy for democrats.  The one thing they don't want to be tagged with immediately is obstructionism."  Krauthammer added "this is going to look like naked partisanship and obstruction for its own sake."

When President Barack Obama entered the oval office congress approved 8 of his cabinet members without delay.  Krauthammer said "if these guys are going to stand around and do procedural stuff that you just show on television is going to look ridiculous."  While Krauthammer understands why you would hold up someone if you think they are extreme or unqualified, he told democrats  they shouldn't do it for revenge.  



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