On Monday, when Donald Trump proposed massive cuts to Medicare and Social Security, he blew up a key plank of the GOP strategy—avoid talking about healthcare.
The GOP has neither proposed nor passed an alternative to Obamacare, despite promises. Instead, it is proposing trillion-dollar cuts to Medicare and the social safety net to pay for Pentagon increases and the tax cuts for billionaires.
To stay on strategy, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to just avoid talking about Trump’s proposed budget cuts.
According to The Hill, McConnell said Tuesday “he does not plan to put a budget resolution on the Senate floor, which could subject vulnerable GOP colleagues up for reelection this year to tough votes on Medicare and other issues.”
Meanwhile, Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-WY) said “he doesn’t plan to hold hearings on Trump’s budget.”
So the GOP will wait until after the election to bring up those deep cuts to popular programs.
It will be up to Democrats to talk about them instead.