Ryan claims that he’s working on yet another version of an ObamaCare repeal and replace bill — after the first attempt blew up — in hopes that he can get a vote on it before Trump hits his 100-day mark. But even if the bill wins approval in the House, nobody knows what the Senate will do, or when.
Now tax reform is slipping off the table, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying that getting reform done by August is “highly aggressive to not realistic.”
These delays could easily have been avoided. ObamaCare repeal and tax reform had been on the Republican agenda for years, and Ryan had already hammered out detailed “Better Way” proposals for both last summer. There was every reason to think that Republicans would have, in the words of Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds, bills “lined up like airplanes on a runway ready to take off in the new year.”