Obamacare provides a perfect example.
On Tuesday, President Trump called a meeting of Republican senators to discuss Obamacare.
Heading into the meeting there were four Republican senators against the replacement bill.
Progress Delayed is Progress Made
“We made good progress,” he told reporters after the roughly hour-long huddle in the East Room.
“We’re not quite there, he added. “But I think we’ve got a really good chance of getting there. It’ll just take us a little bit longer.”
Close to Agreement
President Trump said Tuesday afternoon that Senate Republicans are getting “very close” to passing their embattled plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but added that if it fails, “that’s OK.”
“I think the Senate bill is going to be great,” Trump said during a photo-op ahead of a meeting with nearly every Republican senator at the White House. “So we’re going to talk and we’re going to see what we can do. But we’re getting very close.”
The Bill is going to be great, but it’s OK if it fails.
Quantifying the Progress
Inquiring minds may be interested in quantifying the progress.
Republican Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Rob Portman (Ohio) announced Tuesday afternoon that they will vote against the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in its current form.
Moran said in a statement on Twitter that the bill “missed the mark,” adding that he was “pleased” that the vote on the Senate bill was delayed by Republican leadership until after the July 4 recess.
“The Senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support,” Moran wrote. “I am pleased with the decision to delay the vote – now is the time to take a step back and put the full legislative process to work.”
Parade of Progress
Republican Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), and Rob Portman (Ohio) announced Tuesday afternoon that they will vote against the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in its current form. Those three join Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), Rand Paul(Ky.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas) who are also opposed to the Senate’s ObamaCare repeal bill in its current form.
This is what’s known as “progress”.
This leads us to “Mish’s Rule of Progress“:
Politicians like to cite progress no matter how ludicrous the claim or which side of the aisle they occupy. Opposing claims of progress are the norm.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock