"President Trump has said himself on numerous occasions that Republicans could simply let Obamacare die on its own, allowing Democrats to continue to pay the political price for it. But then he always clarifies that the GOP won't do that.
"I actually talked with [House Speaker] Paul [Ryan] and the group about just doing nothing for two years, and the Dems would come begging to do something because ’17 is going to be catastrophic price increases … and they will come to us,” Trump said in January at a Republican retreat, adding: "If we waited two years, it will explode like you’ve never seen an explosion."
That idea was also pushed Wednesday by a sometime Trump foe, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). On Hugh Hewitt's radio show, Graham suggested letting Obamacare "collapse" on its own. "Here’s what I would prefer he do," Graham said of Trump. "If he can’t get us in a good spot where we all feel comfortable, we’ve improved Obamacare dramatically, which we told people we would: Let it collapse."
When Hewitt pushed back on the idea, Graham added: "Democrats are not going to lift a finger to help President Trump. I would do collapse-and-replace if you can't get a good, solid fix to Obamacare using reconciliation."" Washpost
Graham supporting Trump? Cats and dogs sleeping together? How can this be?
Do the Republicans really have a choice? They are in complete disarray internally with regard to the terms of a replacement law. There are various bits of tax law embedded in the present Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This supposedly blocks Trump proceeding to a proposal to revise the federal tax code, a measure IMO essential to Trump's hope for an economic boom.
If I were Trump, I would let Obamacare die a seemingly inevitable death and move on to tax reform. pl