House Speaker Paul Ryan intends to repeal Obamacare among other Democratic policies should the Republicans retain both houses of Congress and Donald Trump be elected president, according to an analysis on Politico.
Ryan also aims to steamroll Democrats on a whole bunch of issues, including entitlement reform and across the board tax cuts. A Trump victory will serve as a means to revamp governance which was under the Democratic rule for eight years.
There have been instances in the past when GOP leaders have threatened to repeal Obamacare, Ryan, this time around, plans to execute it.
Showing off a copy of his "Better Way" policy agenda, Ryan said, "This is our plan for 2017. Much of this you can do through budget reconciliation."
Larry Kudlow, an economic adviser to Trump, told Politico the House speaker is strongly urging the Republican presidential nominee to embrace reconciliation in order to pass sweeping tax cuts.
Democrats, meanwhile, are worried about what would unfold should the reconciliation legislation be passed.
"I'm extremely concerned," Harry Stein, director of fiscal policy at the Center for American Progress, said. "There's this flawed assumption in the coverage of how this election will matter that either way, we're just going to have more gridlock. …We just assume that that's the state of nature. But it's not."
According to the reconciliation legislation, "if the House and Senate pass identical budgets, they can include broad instructions for Congress to pass reconciliation legislation that has privileged status and cannot be obstructed in the Senate."
The main objective of the bill is to change the present law and adhere to budget's policies and particular parliamentary rules, such as having some effect on spending or tax levels.
"There's an enormous amount you can do under reconciliation," Stein said, to which anti-tax activist Grover Norquist gave a nod. "I think you can do everything that's in the Paul Ryan budget plan in reconciliation," he said. "That's the model. It's not some secret, it's the obvious thing to do."
In the past, both Republicans and Democrats have used budget reconciliation.
While George W. Bush's trillion-dollar tax cuts were passed under the provision in 2001 and 2003; Democrats used it in 2010 to finish passing Obamacare, with Republicans slamming Democrats for having rushed with it.
Republicans, meanwhile, have already performed a test drive targeting Obamacare.
Congress, which is mainly dominated by the GOP, passed a reconciliation bill last year stating it would repeal key parts of the health law. Though the bill that time was vetoed by President Barack Obama, it will certainly serve as a manual to Republicans in 2017.
Ryan's "Better Way" policy agenda also highlights proposals to bring down the costs of Medicare and Medicaid, revamp the food stamp program and housing assistance for low-income rent payers.
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