Former Iowa GOP chair says Republicans now own health care

Steve Grubbs says Trump's actions put burden on GOP to find workable solution

This week's 4 The Record panel topics include:

+ Republicans in Congress couldn't deliver on their promise to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, so President Donald Trump tried to do it himself with his pen.

+ An outgoing Republican senator has harsh words for the Commander in Chief and questions his fitness for the job.

+ The Trump administration's environmental policy might not square with Iowa's priorities.

We talked about all of these issues with Rock Island County Democratic party chair Doug House and former Iowa Republican party chair Steve Grubbs on 4 The Record.

Health care

President Trump's executive order this week calls for changes in the health care system, specifically to include cheaper policies with fewer benefits.

The concern is that could attract younger and healthier Americans, but take them out of the risk pool for broader coverage that includes Americans with chronic conditions, ultimately driving their costs higher.

In a separate move late Thursday, the White House announced it will get rid of the insurance subsidies that help low-income Americans.

House and Grubbs addressed whether that topples the Affordable Care Act like a house of cards and what the long-term fallout might be.

Corker vs. Trump

Republican senator Bob Corker of Tennessee called the president's fitness for office into question, going so far to say he's treating the office like a reality show by making reckless threats that could put the country on a path to World War III.

Corker said he's not alone: His feelings are shared by almost every Republican in the Senate. A new poll also found a majority of voters now say Trump is unfit to be president.

There were more reports claiming the White House was in crisis, including that Chief of Staff John Kelly was going to quit or be fired, reports Kelly denied.

House and Grubbs spoke about how effective President Trump can be in this political climate.

Clean power

Iowans are taking issue with a direction taken by the Trump administration.

There are concerns repealing the clean power plan would hurt the state's wind and solar industry. Illinois has interests here too.

Grubbs and House talked about how worried Iowa and Illinois should be. Watch the entire panel discussion in the video above.

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