That’s the Main Point, isn’t it?

Via the NYT:  Wealthy Would Get Billions in Tax Cuts Under Obamacare Repeal Plan

It is not unusual for tax cuts to benefit mostly the wealthiest, but still save some money for a majority of Americans. But the benefits of these reductions would be aimed squarely at the top.


People making $200,000 to $999,999 a year would also get sizable tax cuts. In total, the two provisions would cut taxes by about $274 billion during the coming decade, virtually all of it for people making at least $200,000, according to a separate assessment by the committee.

As per my headline:  I think this is main goal and, really, a major reason a lot of elected Republicans oppose the ACA.  Heck, even Brietbart knows that repeal and replace hurts many working class Trump voters.

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  1. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    You make it sound as though Breitbart and the GOP Congressional group care about what happens to working class Trump voters. I’m not particularly sure that even Trump cares, but I’m confident that Republicans in power, and probably Conservatives in general, don’t.

  2. @Just ‘nutha ig’nint cracker: I wouldn’t infers “cares” from this rather brief post. I do think they are aware of the potential political fallout.

  3. Kari Q says:

    I think Paul Ryan would accept any consequences or loss of life among the working class if it meant a tax cut for the wealthy.

  4. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Is the potential fallout really that great (for members of Congress, that is)? So what if a handful of low-wage workers in a gerrymandered district decide to stop voting (more likely in my opinion than voting for the opposition)?

    There’s slightly more risk as the Senatorial level (which may explain the desertions on the GOP side) and maybe for Trump (as though he’d notice), but for Representatives this looks more like a free shot than a risk. I hope I’m wrong, but as H.L. Mencken is supposed to have said “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”