Time dwindling for major successes on GOP legislative agenda

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 5, 2017

In the dream scenario outlined by party leaders back in January, President Trump would have signed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, months ago. Height believes Republicans will be able to offset up to $1.5 trillion of the cost via the repatriation tax holiday, the Sec.99 deduction phase out, Subpart F reform and a number of other measures. Kansas has struggled to balance its budget since GOP legislators slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's urging, and the state later experienced slumps in agriculture and energy production.

A growing number of Americans say the American Health Care Act, created to repeal former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, will have negative consequences for them by increasing their costs, making it harder to get and retain health insurance, or by reducing the quality of their insurance, according to the polling.

Here are four big problems standing in the way.

Senate Republicans ultimately will own the health care bill, and with midterm elections next year, the GOP could experience significant losses if their bill is a stinker. Richard Burr, R-N.C., told a local TV station on Thursday.

Lawmakers have made little public progress on taxes since Tuesday, when the Senate passed a three-bracket tax plan but the House voted it down. "I really thought we had a chance when the Senate passed it with 26" votes. But that is the goal. In sum, the proposal would allow for plans that are less expensive, mainly by allowing people to attain less coverage. But those representing states whose governors didn't take the extra federal money don't want to be penalized for sticking to their conservative principles. Trump's apparent disengagement from the legislative process was evident this past week when he demanded on Twitter that the Senate "should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy".

With the Republican majority now in the House and Senate and with a Republican president, none of these excuses stand in the way of passing a Republican bill, Limbaugh noted. Only 8 percent of respondents said the Senate should pass Trumpcare as is. Get the infrastructure bill done. How to craft a bill that can win over warring factions and pass procedural hurdles is a question without an answer.

In fact, Republicans may not even need to resort to politically challenging, revenue-raising proposals such as border adjustment taxes to do so.

A final House vote was expected Friday.

It's rich of Issa to oppose Obamacare on that grounds that it is "anti-choice", when Issa has been a vociferous opponent of access to a full range of health care, and has strongly supported his party's agenda of depriving women of the right to make their own reproductive choices.

Hineman, a moderate Dighton Republican, suggested that lawmakers dump the new tax plan into a single, big bill with a plan for increasing aid to the state's 286 school districts to meet a court mandate.

On top of that, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has already asked Congress to vote to lift the debt ceiling before lawmakers go home for the month of August, setting up a partisan fight over spending. It also needs to agree on spending levels before proceeding to the vehicle for a tax bill.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE