As the Hill reported, Republicans legislators have been hoping “tax “reform” will pass through “Lollipop Woods,” past “Princess Frostine” and to the “Chocolate Swamp!” Well, It passed through the House this afternoon amid protest from visitors by 227 to 203. Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on the bill this evening. Then it will be signed by Trump who will wish us all a Merry Christmas for his wondrous gift. The rest of us and many Republicans will not be saying “How sweet it is.” Calling it “reform” is an insult to the word “reform.”
Although Republicans claimed it’s a “great” bill, why did they rushed it through Congress and not hold a single hearing? A final draft was only released last Friday. A CNN poll (Dec. 14-17) indicates that 55% of the public oppose the bill, 33% support it and 12% have no opinion. Dems were given no opportunity for input and all voted against it.
The final deal was worked out by only 12 members of the Conference Committee, not the full 445 members. So the only recourse for members who did not like the bill was to vote against it. Only 24 representatives voted against it.
Here is how our Republican legislators voted:
- Frank LoBiondo (R-CD 2): NO
- Tom MacArthur (R-CD 3): YES
- Chris Smith (R-CD 4): NO
- Leonard Lance (R-CD 7): NO
- Ronald Frelinghuysen (R-CD 11): NO
Thank you to all but one. We will remember MacArthur’s YES vote.
Trump’s dream has been the destruction of ACA. The tax bill ends the mandate which requires people to purchase healthcare insurance or pay a fine. Since people will no longer have this mandate, many, particularly the young and those in good health, will not join a plan. Those still enrolledd will be older and in less good health which will raise the cost of insurance premiums and leave some 13 million uninsured.
The bill which Trump once said would be designed for the middle class, provides a massive tax cuts to millionaires, corporations, and members of Congress themselves.
“No one gets creamed more than New Jersey from this tax bill,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics. He explained the state was particularly vulnerable because its homes are expensive, its property taxes are the highest in the nation and it also has a high state income tax.
Read the full text of the final bill: If you’re into that thing.