Tax reform may be the catalyst to repeal Obamacare, after all. Over the holiday the failed healthcare system was the topic of news from President Trump to stubborn members of Congress who previously were roadblocks to its demise.
The Hill reported this about Lisa Murkowski:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Tuesday that she supports repealing ObamaCare’s individual insurance mandate, in what appeared to be a significant boost to the GOP tax bill that includes mandate repeal.
Murkowski, a key moderate swing vote, wrote in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that she supports giving people additional freedom by repealing the mandate, which requires people to have health insurance or pay a fine.
“Repealing the individual mandate simply restores to people the freedom to choose,” Murkowski wrote. “Nothing else about the structure of the [Affordable Care Act] would be changed.”
The president also declared, via Twitter that his resolve to eliminate the mandate was still strong:
President Trump attacked ObamaCare on Thursday night, calling the health-care law a “disaster” and vowing to repeal and replace it after the GOP passes tax reform.
ObamaCare premiums are going up, up, up, just as I have been predicting for two years. ObamaCare is OWNED by the Democrats, and it is a disaster. But do not worry. Even though the Dems want to Obstruct, we will Repeal & Replace right after Tax Cuts!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2017
And the Washington Post reports that President Trump is meeting with GOP senators before the crucial tax vote this coming week to help the initiative along.
The meeting will come during a weekly lunch Republicans hold as they go over their agenda. There are 52 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate, and the GOP needs a simple majority of votes to pass their version of the tax cut bill as soon as Thursday or Friday.
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) November 24, 2017
You can’t say the president ever gives up on what he believes is right.