Trump Says Healthcare Law Is Priority Before Tax Reform
Despite last month’s failed attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act, President Trump still plans to amend the current healthcare law before moving on to tax reform and infrastructure development.
“I think we’re going very well with healthcare,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business. “And after that, we’re going to start on tax reform and infrastructure.”
The administration’s plan was to use money originally meant for funding portions of the ACA to fund other areas of the government while reducing the budget in other areas.
“We’re saving tremendous amounts of money on health care when we get this done, number one, and most importantly … we’re going to have great healthcare, and all of that savings goes into the tax,” Trump said. “If you don’t do that you can’t put any of the savings into the tax cuts and the tax reform.”
The upcoming tax fight may be just a difficult for the administration as the fight over healthcare. Republicans plan to use a similar strategy as they did in the healthcare fight, a legislative procedure known as budget reconciliation” in order to prevent Senate Democrats from filibustering the measure.
Director of the White House National Economic Council Gary Cohn told Fox Business last week that tax reform will be completed within the year. Treasury Sectary Steven Mnuchin placed the deadline in August, while press sectary Sean Spicer, in a press briefing, came just short of confirming this August deadline.
Making sure the American Health Care Act is revised to the point where the moderate and far-right republicans –who abandoned support of the bill leading it to be pulled off the floor of the senate – can support it will be a difficult task, especially without the looming August deadline. As changes are made to the AHCA, Healthcare Reform Magazine will be there to guide you through the process.