I would Have Preferred A Full Repeal & Then There’s Reality

The GOP House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (the AHCA) by the hair of their chinny, chin chins with one vote to spare. This is not the terrible bill put forward six weeks ago by Lyin’ Paul Ryan and the rest of the establishment Republicans that was written by lobbyists, the insurance companies & donors, but the AHCA with 3 amendments improving on the bill which is about the best they could have hoped for given all the various groups in the Republican party that had to be satisfied.

According to The American for Tax Reform the bill abolishes the following taxes imposed by Obama and the Democrat party in 2010 as part of Obamacare:

-Abolishes the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax which hits 8 million Americans each year.

-Abolishes the Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax. Together with repeal of the Individual Mandate Tax repeal this is a $270 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s Medicine Cabinet Tax which hits 20 million Americans with Health Savings Accounts and 30 million Americans with Flexible Spending Accounts. This is a $6 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s Flexible Spending Account tax on 30 million Americans. This is a $20 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s Chronic Care Tax on 10 million Americans with high out of pocket medical expenses. This is a $126 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s HSA withdrawal tax. This is a $100 million tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services. This is a $600 million tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare health insurance tax. This is a $145 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare 3.8% surtax on investment income. This is a $172 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare medical device tax. This is a $20 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare tax on prescription medicine. This is a $28 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare tax on retiree prescription drug coverage. This is a $2 billion tax cut.

 Now it’s up to the Senate to do their thing. They can pass this bill as it is, add amendments or write their own bill. The latter 2 will require that the bill go back to the House to approve any changes. Keep in mind our majority in the Senate is very thin (52-48) and then we have the squirrely RINOs like McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski who can more often than not side with the Democrats.

I hope we can pull something good out of the hat!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures.

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