Obamacare and taxes: What will Trump do?
I think that President-elect Trump’s views on immigration and foreign policy are pretty clear, or at least clear enough in the big picture. He doesn’t like out-of-control illegal immigration, and he’s not afraid to say that and to do something about it. On foreign policy, he has had a non-interventionist philosophy for a long time.
In some early debates/interviews/campaign rallies, Trump made some suggestions that he has a much more centrist view of healthcare than right-wing libertarian types. “Repeal and replace Obamacare” has been one of his big campaign themes, but replace it with what? The implication of the phrase is that Obamacare will be replaced with Trumpcare, and that Trump isn’t philosophically opposed to government funded healthcare, he just thinks that the system created by the Affordable Care Act sucks.
But then, one day, a health plan appeared on his website that was just standard right-wing libertarian type stuff. Not really a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, but just a repeal and a return to the way things were under Bush, but with a few free-market reforms (none of which would have been bad if Congress has passed those things back when Bush was President, but nothing I’d consider to be a “replacement”).
Will Trump continue with the right-wing libertarian repeal-only, or will he pivot to the center and come up with Trumpcare?
The story here is pretty much the same. In some early debates/interviews/campaign rallies, Trump made some suggestions that he has a much more centrist view of taxation than right-wing libertarian types. He said that hedge fund managers were getting away with not paying their fair share. I was hopeful that Trump was going to steer the Republican Party away from all tax breaks and loopholes for the rich all the time.
But then, one day, a tax plan appeared on his website that was just standard right-wing libertarian cut taxes on the rich claptrap, and completely unrealistic given the current level of government spending (and even more unrealistic with Trump talking about rebuilding our infrastructure). Hedge fund managers, who Trump said were getting away with not paying their fair share, would pay less tax under the Trump plan than they do now!
Will Trump continue with the right-wing libertarian extreme tax cuts for the rich? Could he pivot away from the right-wing libertarian stuff and actually push for enacting something like the HRC tax plan?