President Trump remains steadfast on tackling healthcare before he begins focusing on tax reform. In an interview with Fox Business Network’s, Maria Bartiromo, the president said, “We are going to have a phenomenal tax reform, but I have to do health care first. I want to do it first to really get it right.” You can watch the full interview here:
Last month the House Republicans had failed to generate enough unity to repeal and replace ObamaCare and pass a healthcare bill; even though they had eight years to develop. The White House had signaled that it would punt on healthcare for the time being and focus on tax reform; another main campaign goal. But the president refocused his energy on health care saying, “We are saving tremendous amounts on healthcare when we get this done … and most importantly, actually, we are going to have great healthcare, and all of that saving goes into the tax [reform]. If you don’t do that you can’t put any of the savings into the tax cuts and the tax reform.” Trump said that hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars would be saved on the new healthcare bill and that money can be fed back into tax reform.
In the interview, Trump also continued to threaten Democrats concerning the responsibility they will face for the looming failures of ObamaCare. “We were very close, it was a very tight margin. We had no Democrat support, no votes from the Democrats,” Trump said last month. “I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own ObamaCare,” the president added.
The president would not be nailed down to any timeline for his health care policy goals. He said, “I don’t want to put deadlines. Healthcare is going to happen, at some point. Now, if it does not happen fast enough, I’ll start the taxes. But the tax reform and the tax cuts are better if I can do health care first.”
The director of the White House National Economic Council told Fox Business last week that tax reform would be finished within the year. That coincided with the message from Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, who said that he hoped to complete tax reform by August.
Do you think that Trump can pass a new health care bill before he begins work on tax reform?