Senate pseudo-Republicans are balking at one good item that was contained the House-passed American Health Care Act: repeal of Obamacare’s trillion dollars’ worth of taxes. These guys actually don’t see the value of that repeal. Senator Susan Collins (R, ME) is typical:
I don’t see how you can repeal all of the pay-fors…and still meet the goal of providing health-insurance coverage for people who truly need assistance[.]
Aside from the false premise of needing Federal government “pay-fors” as a default position, rather than a last result, the Lady from Maine and her fellows plainly either don’t understand free market principles, or they have no confidence in free markets.
One path for the Senate could be a repeal of the taxes but a delay in the effective dates.
This is the only legitimate point of discussion on the repeal of these taxes. The AHCA makes the repeal retroactive to 1 Jan 2017. It’s the repeal that’s important, not its date of effectivity. Effective 1 Jan 2018 is fine, so is a date (certain) in 2019, to the extent health coverage providers, businesses, and individual citizens need time to plan and prepare. The repeal itself, however, must be inarguable.
I’ve decried the House’s Freedom Caucus of No, but the Caucus of Squish in the Senate is going too far in the other direction. These folks need to do the job they were sent to the Senate to do vis-à-vis Obamacare and our nation’s health provision and health coverage industries. Failing to repeal the Obamacare taxes in addition to the reductions in other business and personal taxes that have been proposed is unacceptable. If the Caucus of Squish fails to do this, its members need to be replaced at the next available elections for each of them.
If that costs the Republican Party control of the Senate, well—how will we tell the difference? The Caucus of Squish is, with its timidity, worse even than the Progressive-Democratic Party.