GEORGE WILL. WE STARTED OUR CONVERSATION AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE WITH THE TWITTER FIGHT. GEORGE I’D LIKE TO BEGIN WITH THIS WEEK’S TWITTER DUST-UP AS HASTEFUL BE AND UGLY AS IT WAS. OF COURSE IT INVOLVED A MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY AND FRIEND TO MANY OF US. WAS IT A DISTRACTION IN THE END OR IS IT GERMANE BECAUSE OF WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT CHARACTER.>>IT’S BOTH. THE PRESIDENT LIKES TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT. AND HE USES TWITTER TO DO THAT. NOW I THINK THAT’S PREFERABLE TO HIM USING, SAY, CRUISE MISSILE ATTACKS ON A COUNTRY OR A NAYS LITTLE WAR ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. BUT IT SEEMS TO BE TACTICAL. IN THAT SENSE IT SEEMS TO BE NOT JUST A FAILURE OF IMPULSE CONTROL BUT AN IMPULSE WITH A PURPOSE.>>YOU MENTIONED THE KOREAN PENINSULA. THAT’S ONE OF TWO OTHER SUBJECTS AMONG MANY LOOMING. THE PRESIDENT’S HOUSE GUEST, THE LEADER OF SOUTH KOREA AND HEALTH CARE WITH ALL OF WASHINGTON MOVING OUT TO THEIR HOME STATES AND DISTRICTS, ALL THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, THESE TWO SUBJECTS LOOM LARGE BUT AGAIN THERE IS A LAUNDRY LIST OF THINGS BEHIND THEM.>>THERE IS. IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHAT THE — THE MEMBERS GOING HOME ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS. BECAUSE THE CONSTITUENTS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING THEIR MINDS PROCESS. YOU FIRST OF ALL THE REPUBLICANS SEEM TO HAVE DONE SOMETHING THAT BARACK OBAMA FOR ALL HIS TRYING AND ALL HIS VAUNTED RETIRIC ALPOWERS UNABLE TO DO. THEY SEEM TO HAVE MADE OBAMACARE KIND OF POPULAR AT LEAST MORE POPULAR THAN THE ALTERNATIVE AT THIS POINT SEEMS TO BE. I’M NOT CONVINCED THAT THE REPUBLICAN BILL IS DEAD. MR. McCONNELL IS A MAGICIAN AT GETTING VOTES TOGETHER. WE’RE LARGELY IN THE REALM OF SPLITTABLE DIFFERENCES. THE ONE THING TO WATCH I THINK IS A MEASURE PUTS IN THAT BILL BY SENATOR TOOMEY OF PENNSYLVANIA. IT’S THE FIRST REAL SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO REFORM AN OUT OF CONTROL ENTITLEMENT IN THAT IT WOULD OVER AN EIGHT-YEAR PERIOD BEGIN TO RESTRAIN THE GROWTH OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. THAT WILL CAUSE DIFFICULTIES WITHIN THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS. BUT IT IS OF SUCH IMPORTANCE. AND BY THE WAY ITS IMPORTANCE IS NOT THAT IT’S PART OF REPEALING OBAMACARE. ITS IMPORTANCE THAT IT’S THE FIRST TIME REPUBLICANS HAVE REALLY BEGUN TO MAKE GOOD ON ATTEMPT TO REIN IN ENTITLE MTS WHICH IF NOT REINED IN ARE GOING TO SWALLOW THE BUDGET.>>THIS HAS THE ATTENTION OF A GOOD MANY AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR GOOD REASON. ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S LACK OF IDEOLOGY OR GRANULARITY OR SOME WOULD SAY INVOLVEMENT ON THIS ISSUE? OR DO YOU THINK THAT CAN BE MADE UP FOR.>>YOU’RE BEING POLITE. THE PROBLEM IS THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS THE MAN WHO SAID NO ONE KNEW HEALTH CARE WAS SO DPLIKTED. EVERYONE WHO SPENT TEN MINUTES THINKING ABOUT IT KNEW IT WAS SO COMPLICATED. I THINK. IT MAY BE THAT THE PRESIDENT’S PRISTINE ABSENCE OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HEALTH CARE MAY HELP AT THIS POINT. BECAUSE HE DOESN’T HAVE STRONG FEELINGS. AND HE CAN’T REALLY GET IN THE WAY OF THOSE, MR. PORTMAN SAY ON ONE SIDE ON MR. TOOMEY ON ANOTHER WHO HAVE STRONG CONVICTIONS BOLSTERED BY LOTS OF INFORMATION. IN THIS SENSE THE PRESIDENT BEING OUT OF IT IS PROBABLY A GOOD THING.>>HOW DO YOU THINK HEALTH CARE TURNS OUT, AND WHEN DO YOU THINK PEN GOES TO PAPER AT THE WHITE HOUSE?>>WELL, REMEMBER, LET’S JUST ASSUME THAT MR. McCONNELL CAN GET 50 VOTES WITH PENCE BREAKING THE TIE. IT GOES BACK TO THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE HAD A DIFFICULT TIME PUTTING TOGETHER A SMALL AND FRAGILE COALITION TO GET — TO SEND THEIR BELL TO THE SENATE WHICH THE SENATE REJECTED. THAT MEANS WE GO TO CONFERENCE. AND IT’S NOT AT ALL CLEAR TO ME THAT ANYTHING THAT CAN SAY THE SENATORS IN THE CONFERENCE CAN HOLD TOGETHER THE COALITION- DSH THE FRAGILE COALITION IN THE HOUSE, PARTICULARLY THE MEN OF MARK MEADOWS FREEDOM CAUCUS. THIS IS A VERY LONG WAY FROM REACHING THE PRESIDENT’S DESK. BY THE WAY, THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID IN THE PAST THAT HA SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM WORKS WELL IN OTHER COUNTRIES. IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THIS HAPPENED, IF DEMOCRATS AND