The issue is particularly important because Democrats are turning the tables on the Republicans on both of the legislative efforts with President Trump.
The Obamacare repeal plan and legislation was ever-changing, voted upon without any hearings and without much opportunity for anybody to read the bills. The recent tax plan has been worse. On Saturday morning, the Republican Senate passed the legislation shortly after the members of the Senate even had an opportunity to see the instrument.
Below is an overview of the passage of Obamacare over seven years ago. Below that is further discussion about the process and the merits of the legislation.
Below are the key events leading to the passage of Obamacare, (The Affordable Care Act)
Next, follow the timeline of key events leading up to the passage of the Obamacare law, along with key provisions that went into place after the law was enacted.
- July 2009: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a group of Democrats from the House of Representatives reveal their plan for overhauling the health-care system. It’s called H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.
- August 25, 2009: Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, a leading supporter of health-care reform, dies and puts the Senate Democrats’ 60-seat supermajority required to pass a piece of legislation at risk.
- September 24, 2009: Democrat Paul Kirk is appointed interim senator from Massachusetts, which temporarily restores the Democrats’ filibuster-proof 60th vote.
- November 7, 2009: In the House of Representatives, 219 Democrats and one Republican vote for the Affordable Health Care for America Act, and 39 Democrats and 176 Republicans vote against it.
- December 24, 2009: In the Senate, 60 Democrats vote for the Senate’s version of the bill, called America’s Healthy Future Act, whose lead author is senator Max Baucus of California. Thirty-nine Republicans vote against the bill, and one Republican senator, Jim Bunning, does not vote.
- January 2010: In the Senate, Scott Brown, a Republican, wins the special election in Massachusetts to finish out the remaining term of US senator Ted Kennedy, a Democrat. Brown campaigned heavily against the health-care law and won an upset victory in a state that consistently votes in favor of the Democratic party.
- In January 2010, eHealth published research conducted by Opinion Research highlighting public perceptions of health-care reform.
- March 11, 2010: Now lacking the 60th vote needed to pass the bill, Senate Democrats decide to use budget reconciliation in order to get to one bill approved by the House and the Senate. The use of budget reconciliation only requires 51 Senators to vote in favor of the bill in order for it to go to the president’s desk for signature.
- March 21, 2010: The Senate’s version of the health-care plan is approved by the House in a 219-212 vote. All Republicans and 34 Democrats vote against the plan.
- March 23, 2010: President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law.
Today, the Democratic National Committee sent out an email to highlight its frustration with tax reform legislation pending in Congress:
Republicans are once again working behind closed doors to negotiate a tax bill they know is bad, and that benefits big corporations and the top 1% at the expense of middle-class families.
Republicans are once again working behind closed doors to negotiate a secret tax bill.
Talking Point Memo’s Alice Ollstein: “Tonight the House is voting to go to conference with the Senate on the tax bill.Negotiations on the differences between the House & Senate bills have already begun behind closed doors. The aim is to finish before the holiday break but it could spill over into next year.”
USA Today: “But don’t hit play on the Schoolhouse Rock video just yet. While Republicans say they’re committed to taking the tax bill through all the normal legislative steps, this won’t be a typical conference committee that involves open, deliberative compromise between both parties.”
Republicans know how bad their tax bill is, and are working to discredit credible analyses pointing that out.
New York Times: “A Republican requirement that Congress consider the full cost of major legislation threatened to derail the party’s $1.5 trillion tax rewrite last week. So lawmakers went on the offensive to discredit the agency performing the analysis.”
Los Angeles Times: “The Treasury Department’s inspector general has launched an inquiry into whether the department hid an analysis of the Republican tax bill — or even did one at all. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin has said economic growth stimulated by the bill’s large tax cuts would offset lost revenue and indicated his department would produce an analysis proving it.”
The Republican tax plan favors their donors and wealthy corporations.
GOP Rep. Mark Sanford: “THIS - REP. SANFORD to a few of us: Fundamentally this is a corporate tax cut bill, we should have been intellectually honest about that.”
Fortune: “When Senate Republicans passed their tax reform package early Saturday morning, after hours of debate,some major donors — some of whose contributions were hinging on this passage — may have been just as happy as the lawmakers.”
Wall Street Journal: “High-Income Households Would Get Biggest Boost From Senate Tax Bill, Analysis Says”
The Republican tax does very little for the middle class and would not be good for American workers.
Washington Post Wonkblog: “That said, it is hard to find a tax plan that has done less for the middle class.”
CNBC: “The GOP's tax bill is excellent for the stock market, but perhaps not as good for U.S. workers, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Monday.”
In the end, their tax bill will mean more broken promises from Trump and Republicans.
CNBC: “And he forgot them on taxes. Discarding his vow to reshape taxation for average families at the expense of rich people like himself, he's working with Republican leaders to hand the biggest benefits to corporations and the wealthy.”
Washington Post’s Helaine Olen: “At the core of the GOP tax plan: A huge broken promise by Trump”
Los Angeles Times’s Doyle McManus: “GOP tax promises, broken”
Daily Beast: “House conservatives are already indicating that they're prepared to block some of the key legislative promises that Senate Republicans demanded in exchange for their votes on tax reform legislation.”
The National Republican Committee has not released a similar response to the tax bill legislation.
However, here are a list of articles on its website. If and when it does compile a list of articles, we will post accordingly.
Also, above are posts from the GOP Twitter page