Ryan plans to accomplish repeal through a strategy known as budget reconciliation which is not subject to a Senate filibuster and therefore would only need a majority vote in the Senate -- which Republicans have -- to pass.
Valliere, recalling a talk with a “leading Republican” on Wednesday, writes that “Trump will accept whatever Paul Ryan sends him, because for Trump the key will be winning deals, not the details.”
In addition to repealing the ACA , Ryan’s legislative plan, known as “A Better Way,” also includes other priorities shared with Trump: personal and corporate tax cuts, revamp of Dodd-Frank, anti-poverty programs and Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid reform.
“We’re moving at warp speed, and now it’s a matter of floating trial balloons and seeing what can fly,” writes Valliere. “Don’t expect policy details from Trump… but watch Ryan. He’s like a kid on Christmas morning; he can get much of his wish list.”
Indeed, after meeting with Paul Ryan on Thursday, Trump said, “We can’t get started fast enough,” citing his plans to lower taxes and “fix health care.” Ryan said the meeting was “fantastic, productive.”