For years conservatives in Washington have promised to undo the damage made by President Obama. The only person to actually do anything has been President Donald Trump.
Yet, with his urging, Republicans look to finally be making good on their word, fixing the terrible damage Obama did to the nation.
They are shaping up a tax reform bill that will put serious cash back into Americans’ pockets.
And one special addition to the latest bill will land a massive blow into one of Obama’s worst policies. You can almost hear Americans cheering – and Obama crying.
Senate Republicans have added the repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate to the latest version of their tax bill, with several key swing votes saying they’re open to the idea.
Late on Tuesday, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Orrin Hatch of Utah, released a new bill that would eliminate the mandate’s fines beginning in 2019. The addition was discussed at a closed-door party lunch meeting earlier in the day, and several Republican senators said no one spoke out publicly against repealing the mandate…
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said he was confident that it could pass the Senate.
“It’s been whipped,” said Thune, a member of the GOP leadership, adding that it’s an idea “we’ve been looking at for some time as a potential solution for some of the challenges that we’re facing in trying to make the bill do the things we’re trying to accomplish.”
President Donald Trump has been urging congressional Republicans to include the mandate’s repeal in the tax package.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans were “optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful” to enacting tax changes.
The individual mandate was one of the worst parts of Obamacare. The government was essentially forcing Americans to buy health care, or else. It was a punishment against people who already couldn’t afford health insurance in the first place.
Repealing the mandate is a step towards ending Obamacare entirely. Congressional republicans have been promising this for years. Recent repeals have not been passed, largely thanks to the shocking votes of so-called conservatives in Congress.
But now we are coming to the point where they have to put up or shut up. 2018 isn’t that far away. And if republicans in D.C. want to hold onto their jobs, they have to make good on their word.
Conservatives that won’t work with the POTUS to fulfill his vision will be removed. The very least they can do is release promised tax reform and weaken Obamacare.