It’s been on the back burner the past few weeks, but it looks like the future of health care is heating back up again. From the Washington Post:
President Trump and a top adviser on Wednesday pushed back plans to overhaul the tax code, saying they wanted to prioritize first a renewed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The comments from Trump and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney mark a sharp reversal from the administration’s approach just a few weeks ago. After they were dealt a stinging defeat when conservative Republicans refused to vote for a GOP health-care plan, Trump angrily said he was pivoting to tax reform and has been peppering his top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, for details of their tax timeline ever since.
According to U.S. News & World Report, “(President) Trump said his tax reform plans would ultimately “be better” if he could first get his desired Affordable Care Act repeal and replace legislation through Capitol Hill. One way to do that might be linking health care and tax reform, he said.
“I see it as part, perhaps, of the health care plan,” Trump said of his promised infrastructure overhaul. “Because phase 2 of the health care plan, in order to get the votes, I need 60 percent for that. And if I put that in, the Democrats are actually going to love the infrastructure plan.”
The President was quoted on MarketWatch.com as saying that Republicans didn’t “fail” on health care. “We haven’t failed. We’re negotiating and we continue to negotiate.”
Bloomberg.com pointed out that the President remains optimistic that a GOP health bill will get done, “even after members of Congress left last week for recess with no clear compromise in sight.”
Trump told Fox Business he did not want to “put deadlines” on either legislative goal, but he insisted that “health care’s gonna happen at some point” and said that passing health care legislation could save money and make it easier to pass a tax overhaul afterward.
Still, the president suggested that he was not fully committed to that chronology.
“Now, if it doesn’t happen fast enough, I’ll start the taxes,” Trump said. “But the tax reform and the tax cuts are better if I can do health care first.”
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the President’s latest message of making health care a priority once again. Do you think we’ll see any major changes if and when a new plan is unveiled? If so, what do you believe those changes might be? The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) will continue to work with Arizona’s congressional delegation to make sure any changes to the health care law benefit the people, patients and communities of our state. It’s another way we are working toward our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!