On his nationally syndicated radio talk show, host Mark Levin slammed President Trump, Congress over the “outrageous” short-term bipartisan Obamacare fix put forward by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
“If Congress passes this and the president signs it, that makes it constitutional,” stated Mark Levin. “That makes it legal. That also makes it outrageous because that means both political parties in both elected branches, Congress and the President, have created a massive new entitlement boondoggle that is lawful – that is lawful.”
Levin’s comments came Tuesday night after Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced that “they’ve come up with a short-term, bipartisan agreement to fix a flawed element of Obamacare.”
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show:
Levin: “Here’s the president today at his press conference.
“Cut one, go.”
Reporter: “Apparently Lamar Alexander has said he’s made a deal with Senator Patty Murray to stabilize Obamacare. Has the White House been involved in those negotiations, and will you support that deal?
Trump: “Yes, we have been involved, and this is a short-term deal because we think ultimately block grants going to the states is going to be the answer. That’s a very good solution.
“We think it’s going to not only save money, but—”
Levin: “So why don’t they do it?
“They have a Republican Senate and House. What are they waiting for, a Democrat Senate and/or House?
“If we don’t get block grants now, when will we get them?
“We have a Republican House, Republican Senate, Republican president. In the future? What future? What are they talking about?
“The future is now when it comes to block grants.
Trump: “… better health care with a very, very much smaller premium spike, and you look at what’s gone on with that. Also, much lower deductible so they can use it.
“Lamar has been working very, very hard with the Democratic, his colleagues on the other side, and Patty Murray is one of them in particular. And they’re coming up, and they’re fairly close to a short-term solution.
“The solution will be for about a year or two years, and it will get us over this intermediate hump because—”
Levin: “This intermediate hump? For two years?
“There is no intermediate hump when it comes to Obamacare. It is a financial nightmare.
“That’s what happens when you use the health care system to redistribute wealth from those who pay for policies for those work for employers who pay for policies to those who don’t. It’s a disaster. It’s a socialist, Rube Goldberg creation.
“And Bernie Sanders is out there, as are multiple Democrats, at least a third of the United States Senate Democrats, pushing centralized, socialist nationalist health care.
“So this gets us over a hump? No, it doesn’t. It means you, through your policies, you, through your taxes, are going to continue massive subsidies for insurance companies, but it’s not that the insurance companies are getting rich. I know, I could play the populist, socialist game. No. It’s that they need to subsidize a particularized portion of the population as compelled by Obamacare. They’re the middle men. They’re the middle men.
“Chuck Schumer to press conference today. He thinks this is a great solution.
“Cut two, go.”
Schumer: “I want to salute both Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray for working hard on a bipartisan solution. We think it’s a good solution, and it got broad support when Patty and I talked about it at the caucus at lunch today.
“First, it stabilizes the system.”
Levin: “Now, stabilizes the system. I thought Obamacare was intended to stabilize the system.
“Now you and I have to stabilize Obamacare in order to stabilize the system. You see what a fraud this entire operation is?
Schumer: “Two year in the— Two years of cost sharing provides real stability to the system.”
Levin: “Cost sharing means you are subsidizing the insurance companies who subsidizing other people. That’s cost sharing. In other words, taking your money, both out of your policy payments and out of your back pocket, to subsidize the middle man who subsidize the end user.
“Washington’s very, very happy tonight.
Schumer: “And we want to make sure that happens.
“We want to work in the long-term to reduce premiums and increase coverage. Our Republican colleagues seem to be in the opposite place—”
Levin: “Wow. Really? The last time you did that you destroyed our health care system, you knucklehead, you buffoon.
“And they did other things too.
“Cut three, Chuck Schumer, go.”
Schumer: “We’ve also put in some very significant anti-sabotage provisions. The president has been sabotaging this bill, and the agreement would undo much of that sabotage.”
Levin: “Now, listen to how this guy talks because what the president did Thursday night is he said, ‘Enough is enough. I’m going to follow the Constitution. I’m going to follow the statute, and I’m going to also follow basic, rational finances and economics. We’re not doing this anymore.’
“If Congress passes this and the president signs it, that makes it constitutional. That makes it legal. That also makes it outrageous because that means both political parties in both elected branches, Congress and the President, have created a massive new entitlement boondoggle that is lawful – that is lawful.”
Editor's Note: UPDATE -- According to Conservative Review, Mark Levin lauded President Trump's decision “to distance himself from a bipartisan Obamacare bailout deal for insurance companies,” a decision the president made after Levin's remarks on his Tuesday show. As reported by Conservative Review, Mark Levin said the following on his Wednesday night show:
“'We support the president by supporting our principles,' Levin said, explaining why conservatives have to speak out against non-conservative ideas coming out of the White House. 'He’s under plenty of pressure by the RINOs, by the progressive Democrats, by many of his advisers to capitulate — to buckle.'
“'It doesn’t do us any good as a country, it doesn’t do our families any good, and it doesn’t do him any good to do that,' Levin said.”