As promised during the campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump plans to move aggressively dismantling eight years of a far Left-wing regulatory and legislative regime, and he’ll have help from the Republican congressional majority.
The Associated Press reports that Obamacare is first and foremost on the GOP hit list:
The first and biggest target is Obama’s signature health care law, which Republicans have long sought to gut and blamed as a primary cause for a lackluster economic recovery. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday encouraged a wholesale overhaul of the system, tweeting hours before the new Congress convenes “Obamacare just doesn’t work,” is unaffordable “and, it is lousy health care.”
But that’s not nearly all. In fact, the GOP majority will seek to impose conservative solutions to decades-old programs like Social Security and Medicare that are breaking the Treasury and leaving the country tens of trillions in debt–but without actually eliminating those programs, like Democrats have claimed.
Democrats have plans of their own, of course, per the AP:
Democrats will try to block the far-reaching conservative agenda by swaying public opinion and using the power they have in the Senate to filibuster legislation. But that strategy has its political limitations. Twenty-three Senate Democrats are up for re-election in 2018, including 10 from states won by President-elect Donald Trump, and they could break ranks and side with the GOP.
“What we will always do is hold the president-elect and his Republican colleagues in Congress accountable,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said in prepared remarks Tuesday. “We will be a caucus that works to make sure the president-elect keeps his commitment to truly make America great, in its finest sense and tradition.”
Always the activist, President Obama is even heading to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats and plan a strategy for saving one of the worst pieces of legislation ever: Obamacare.
But Republicans are strategizing too. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a former congressman, will be meeting with Republican leaders and members.
And here’s the thing: Democrats may be relying on the filibuster (a rule that requires 60 votes to pass major legislation and approve judicial appointments) but it’s just a rule, not a constitutional requirement. So if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gets too much push-back from Democrats, he can move to rescind the rule much like former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did in 2013 by invoking the so-called “nuclear option” and thus making just a simple Republican majority necessary to approve legislation and nominees.
Trump and his team are poised to make good on his campaign promises. The GOP would do well to help him accomplish them, and then take part of the credit when the results of his efforts begin to dramatically improve the state of the country.