Corker: Tax reform will make health care look like ‘a piece of cake’

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday that the GOP’s plans to pass tax reform this year will make the party’s failed push to repeal and replace ObamaCare look like “a piece of cake.”

“Tax reform is going to make health care look like a piece of cake, if we do it the right way,” Corker told ABC News. “It hasn’t been done in 31 years, but I think we’re going to get done.”


The tax overhaul proposed by Republicans would cut the top tax rate for the wealthy and slash the corporate tax rate while eliminating most itemized deductions.

“There’s a big difference between tax reform and tax cuts,” said Corker, who announced on Tuesday that he would not seek reelection in 2018.

“Tax reform takes intestinal fortitude. It takes staring down people for the good of the country and broadening the base. Tax cuts are, you know, something. But there’s no way I think that anything that adds to the deficits in our country is going to pass.”

Corker’s comments come after Senate Republicans’ latest effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed in the Senate this week, with GOP leaders declining to hold a vote after several Republicans announced their opposition to the measure.

Republicans have been pushing for months to repeal former President Obama’s signature health-care law while controlling the White House and holding majorities in both the House and Senate. But efforts to make good on their years-long campaign promise have so far been fruitless, with leaders moving on to tax reform as their next top priority.

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