It once again is difficult to get Congress to reach an agreement.

The process in Congress that failed to repeal Obamacare is starting to repeat itself on tax reform, according to The New York Times in “Two Bankers Are Selling Trump’s Tax Plan. Is Congress Buying?

Congress debated repealing Obamacare this past spring. A review of the process that unfolded over health care, might be helpful to understand what is unfolding with tax reform.

The House of Representatives attempted to repeal Obamacare. It was initially stalled because moderate Republicans and staunch conservatives could not reach an agreement over how it should be replaced.

Democrats did not think it should be replaced at all.

Eventually, Republicans did agree on something and the issue was taken up by the Senate where the same thing happened. Republicans could not agree on anything and Democrats refused to help.

The Trump administration officials in charge of getting Republicans in Congress to pass a tax reform package are now finding it difficult to bridge the divide between moderate and conservative Republicans.

If something cannot be worked out between those two groups, then Democrats will be needed to pass anything. For now, few Democrats are inclined to help.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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