Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a well-known confidant to President
Donald Trump, told Business Insider in an interview that the
president wouldn’t repeat his ”mistakes” regarding
Ruddy was a staunch critic of the American Health Care Act, the
Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. The AHCA was
pulled from the House floor in March when it became clear that it
did not have enough votes to pass.
“He’s a pragmatic guy, so he’s going to do things that work,”
Ruddy said of Trump. “He’s getting to know all the players and
the processes. And, he’s probably the quickest learner I’ve ever
met on things. And he doesn’t usually make the same mistake
twice. So I don’t see him making the same mistakes again.”
Ruddy said Trump “invested a lot in” House Speaker Paul Ryan, who
was one of the architects of the AHCA.
But although Ruddy said he doesn’t see Trump repeating his
blunders, the Newsmax CEO said Trump would “still like to get” a
version of the AHCA passed.
“I’ve talked to him about it,” Ruddy said. “He thinks it’s great
savings for the future tax reform. I personally think it’s not a
great plan. It’s not consistent with his vision for healthcare in
America. And, I think it’s deadly politically.”
Ruddy predicted that observers might see just how toxic the
healthcare plan was “in Georgia,” making note of the special congressional race in the Peach State’s
6th District. He added that the fallout from the deeply
unpopular AHCA could be felt in the 2018 congressional races.
After the health care plan was pulled from the House floor, Ruddy
wrote a piece for Newsmax under the headline “Trump Should Ditch
Freedom Caucus, Seek Bipartisan Plan.”
“The most significant problem is that [the AHCA] doesn’t
fulfill Trump’s own vision of universal healthcare while removing the
onerous requirements of Obamacare,” Ruddy wrote. “Clearly, Trump
has been acting in good faith, but he shouldn’t trust House
Republicans. The president should be sticking to his guns on
healthcare reform. He did so in the campaign, helping him win
Democratic states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.”
Ruddy called for Trump to fix the existing healthcare law, not
repeal and replace it.
Asked if he discussed his idea with Trump, Ruddy said Trump was
provided with his piece.
“We have talked about healthcare and he hasn’t said, ‘Oh, I read
this or that and I’m going to comment on it,’” Ruddy said. “But
he was given the piece, I shared it with him, and we had a couple
of discussions about healthcare — several, in fact — so that’s