According to the Golf Academy of America, there are five main benefits of playing golf: Burning calories, working core muscles, strengthening your heart, getting vitamin D and mental exercise. But Kentucky GOP Senator, Rand Paul, just experienced another benefit: feeling more optimistic about repealing and replacing Obamacare!
Senator Paul shared about his new optimism after a golf outing with President Donald Trump on Sunday. Rand Paul had been highly critical of the House leadership Obamacare repeal plan which was pulled off of the floor because of the lack of votes needed to pass it. The Senator encouraged the House Freedom Caucus not to support the bill. Their lack of support is blamed for the bill’s failure and caused great consternation in the Trump administration.
But then Paul and Trump played golf. . . “We had a great day with the president. Played some golf, and we talked and we talked about a little bit of health care. I continue to be very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement on repealing Obamacare,” Paul said upon arriving back at the White House after playing at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia.
Trump has aggressively attacked conservatives for their disloyalty to his administration and to the voters who elected them regarding their failure to back the American Health Care Act. The president has threatened to support primaries against those who didn’t get behind the bill. Some conservative members including Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho have stood their ground with the president. Senator Paul introduced his own repeal and replace health care plan with the help of Rep. Mark Sanford from South Carolina. He believes it is a better option than the one that Paul Ryan championed.
Trump has recently said that if the Republicans can’t come together in unity on a healthcare plan, he will begin negotiating with the Democrats for help. Before the president goes to that extreme, maybe he needs to get more members of The Freedom Caucus out on that golf course.