Donald Trump spent President’s Day weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Immediately after he landed in Washington D.C. on Monday evening, however, he began work on his second month in office in which he plans to emphasize progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans.
Daily Mail reported that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said he expects a health care plan to emerge in “the first few days of March.”
This comes after White House advisors held a three hour meeting on Sunday about health care at Trump’s South Florida club, their third lengthy discussion on the topic in four days. Talks on taxes have been led by Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs banker now serving as Trump’s top economic adviser, and newly sworn in Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
During Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans blamed Democrats for blocking attempts to overhaul the nation’s complicated tax code and make changes to the sweeping 2010 health care law. Unfortunately, these issues were overshadowed at the beginning of Trump’s presidency by controversies perpetrated by the mainstream media.
In an effort to get things back on track, Priebus said he predicts Congress will pass both a tax package and legislation repealing and replacing Obama’s health care law by the end of the year. However, Republicans are now trying to figure out just how to repeal Obamacare, as many lawmakers fear being blamed for taking healthcare away from some Americans.
“My worry now is that many people are talking about a partial repeal of Obamacare,” said Kentucky Congressman Rand Paul. “If you only repeal part of it and you leave some sort of Obamacare light, which some are talking about, my fear is the situation actually gets worse.”
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