Donald Trump on Monday spoke openly about his budget priorities and revealed he is close to announcing a repeal and replace plan that has been highly touted by numerous members of the Republican party.
“We have come up with a solution that’s really, really, I think very good,” he said, before proceeding to say nothing about what that solution looks like
Trump then said health insurance policy is difficult because, “It’s an unbelievably complex subject, nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
Local, state, and federal workers could have easily told Trump that healthcare and policy surrounding it, is incredibly complex and difficult to navigate.
Workers in the private health insurance or hospital industries could have also clued the POTUS into the difficulties surrounding the sector.
President Trump then furthered his lack of understanding for the health insurance industry when he started referring to his tax reform. “I can’t do it until we do health care, because we have to know what the health care is going to cost and — statutorily — that’s the way it is. So for those people who say, ‘oh, gee, I wish we could do the tax first,’ it just doesn’t work that way. I would like to do the tax first.”
There is currently no statutory requirement for him to work on health care before he works on tax reform.
In reality, Paul Ryan’s legislative strategy focuses on pushing a tax reform plan with a party-line vote, which means he needs to use the budget reconciliation process to avoid a Senate filibuster.
Ryan’s plan focuses on repealing the Affordable Care Act, a move that would greatly reduce taxes on the rich while avoiding a deficit since the cuts will be offset by spending less on insurance for the poor and middle class,
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.