"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made." -- misattributed to Otto von Bismarck.
The repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is ahead of schedule, and can be completed by the July 31 deadline President Trump set.
That deadline is real because insurance companies need August and September to set their rates for 2018. The open season -- when people buy their insurance for the next year -- begins in October.
Also, President Trump cannot do tax reform until after Obamacare passes, and the deadline for tax reform is the Christmas break.
More likely October 31 to give Wall Street time to adjust, as well as allowing companies to figure their tax strategy for the coming year.
Certain markdowns and other deductions might be better taking in 2018 than 2017, and some may be better taking this year than next, depending on what Republicans agree on.
At this point eight years ago -- the same point of the Obama regime -- the bill was not written.
Like President Trump, Barack Obama had declared his support of the federalization of the health insurance industry by the central government. Marxism lives, even after the Soviet Union fell 17 years earlier.
But the bill was months away from being written. Eben though Democrats had wanted this for a hundred years -- according to Nancy Pelosi -- they had no formal proposal, or even an outline of one.
While Republicans have already submitted to the Congressional Budget Office their alternative, it would be another three months before the Democratic Party submitted its plan.
Then after being told Obamacare would cost a trillion dollars, Democrats scrapped that plan and re-wrote the plan again.
Democratic Senator Max Baucus headed that effort. But it was not until the day the Senate went home for Christmas that the bill passed the Senate.
It would be another three months before Democrats turned their tofu sausage into law.
Republicans are on schedule. The bill already passed its first committee.
Speaking of chill, I could not resist responding to Stephen Green at Instapundit:
Longterm, entitlement spending is going to break us, and it’s a pity that Trump hasn’t shown any more guts on entitlement reform than any of his predecessors. But as for the rest, “elections have consequences.”I left this comment:
"Longterm, entitlement spending is going to break us, and it’s a pity that Trump hasn’t shown any more guts on entitlement reform than any of his predecessors."
Obamacare goes down first. That is a potential trillion-a-year entitlement.
He's been in office 55 days. Sheesh.
If anything the end of NEA, PBS, Planned Parenthood, is the first Actual Budget Cut I have seen since Reagan.
Let me say it for a third time: Sheesh.
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