The editorial board of the Washington Post posed this question on Tuesday, after Donald Trump reacted to the collapse of the Senate health-care-reform bill by suggesting, in a tweet, that his fellow-Republicans should now “let Obamacare fail” and then look to build a new system out of the wreckage.
Speaking on NPR on Wednesday, Asa Hutchinson, the state’s Republican governor, rejected Trump’s call to let Obamacare collapse and argued instead that lawmakers would have to find a bipartisan solution.
In theory, at least, Trump could have anticipated some of this and responded to the collapse of the Senate bill by aligning himself with Capito and other repeal-skeptical Republicans.
The fact is that the Republican establishment’s desire to roll back the welfare state isn’t consistent with Trump’s stated wish to transform the G.O.P.
Many of Trump’s European counterparts, such as Marine Le Pen, of France’s far-right National Front, and Norbert Hofer, the head of the Freedom Party of Austria, are committed to universal health care, just as long as it is reserved for native citizens.