President Trump on Tuesday endorsed putting tax credits in an ObamaCare replacement plan, an idea opposed by many conservatives.
Trump laid out five broad “principles” for overhauling the healthcare system during his address to Congress Tuesday night. In those principals, he endorsed the creation of tax credits to help people pay for health insurance.
The leaders of the conservative Republican Study Committee and House Freedom Caucus on Monday said they would oppose a draft GOP plan because it included tax credits, calling the idea a new entitlement program.
Tax credits are a central element of House Republican leadership’s plan, though, as the main way to help people afford insurance. Trump’s remarks could give that idea a crucial boost, at a time when GOP fractures on the healthcare law are deepening.
“We should help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits and expanded health savings accounts — but it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the government," Trump said.
“I thought it was a home run," Ryan told CNN's Jeff Zeleny following Trump's speech.
"We’re all working on the same page and I thought he did a fantastic job. He articulated exactly the response that we’re working on that we all believe is necessary to repeal and replace ObamaCare with a much better system."