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Hoping to bolster tax reform talks Donald Trump flip-flops on Obamacare subsidies

November 29, 2017

  Donald Trump is desperate for the major legislative win by the end of the year which has eluded him so far in his Presidency. He hopes this victory will come in the form of tax reform but the outcome is in doubt with several Republicans still unwilling to announce their support of the legislation.

  So yesterday he offered a bit of an olive branch hoping to win over a couple of Republicans and possibly one Democrat on tax reform and it comes in the form of reversing his position on the Alexander-Murray bill.

  Back in October the President said he was going to end the Obamacare subsidies. The Alexander-Murray bill would extend the subsidies for two years and Donald Trump said he could not support the legislation because he considered it a bailout of the insurance companies, (I do not agree with this assessment because the costs will then be passed on to the consumers by the insurance companies), but yesterday he announced he would support the legislation.

  Here is more:

President Donald Trump reportedly told Republican senators on Tuesday that he supports the Alexander-Murray bipartisan stabilization bill, which may help bolster support for the tax reform vote later this week.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) revealed that Trump told GOP senators, “I support the Alexander-Murray bill.”

Rounds added, “He actually made it very clear that he supported the Alexander-Murray bill. He sees it as a transition away from Obamacare.”

Trump’s approval of the Alexander-Murray bill could help gather reluctant senators’ support for the tax reform vote later this week. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have yet to say whether they would vote for the tax reform legislation otherwise known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

  I understand what Donald Trump is trying to do but I am highly skeptical that it will work. John McCain is not going to support anything Donald Trump tries to do because of his war hero remark during the campaign and the Democrats’ idea of negotiating is basically give us all we want or there is no deal. It is all or nothing with the party of no and the “Resist” movement. This will not be good enough for them, nothing will be…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2017 4:56 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • November 30, 2017 6:20 am

      Thank you.

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      • November 30, 2017 8:05 am

        You’re welcome.

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  2. November 30, 2017 10:32 am

    Sadly, McCain will only get more obstinate as his disease progresses. We are down to 51 and time to admit it., The gop will be more than happy to give up Moore when he wins to doubt….the math is looking grim…

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    • November 30, 2017 7:37 pm

      The math is very bad but I was surprised to hear today McCain is supporting the tax reform legislation. I still don’t trust him and won’t believe it until the vote takes place.

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  3. petermc3 permalink
    November 30, 2017 2:29 pm

    Understanding that Trump has helped ease the overburdensome regulations which hamper growth in the business sector but there are still too many loose ends dangling out there: Obama’s pentagon and military including Clinton/Bush/Obama’s suicidal ROE, Obama’s ACA, the phantom wall on our southern border, illegal immigration and anchor babies, drugs flowing nearly unencumbered through our P’sOE, incrementally creeping sharia law and muslim influence in all levels of government and its agencies, the leftist socialist/communist ever growing ever intrusive bureaucracy, the Wefare-Industrio Complex (thank for that one Mark Levin) etc etc etc. While we allowed Mr Trump to dazzle us with his brilliance and baffle us with his bullshit we knew, though well meaning, most of his promises would come to naught but the alternatives on both the left and right were totally unacceptable to a critically thinking electorate which comprise less than half. I am completely pessimistic about the future of what’s coming down the road.

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    • November 30, 2017 7:39 pm

      I know I didn’t think he would be able to make good on most of his promises and of course it is not his fault. Easing the regulations and being able to appoint so many judges to the courts are his biggest victories, so at least we have that.

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      • petermc3 permalink
        November 30, 2017 9:00 pm

        Ditto. I would blame him maybe 5-10%. He walked into a hornet’s nest beyond even his imagination believing he could use rational business sense and practices almost none of which apply or function in Bizarro World DC.

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