CLEVELAND — MedPage Today caught up with Douglas “Doug” Holtz-Eakin, PhD, president of the American Action Forum, a center-right Washington-based think tank and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, about his views on the Trump-Pence ticket, and whether Donald Trump would adopt Paul Ryan’s blueprint for health reform.
“When Ryan started the task force projects. I thought he would fail,” Holtz-Eakin said. Holtz-Eakin expected that, because it’s an election year, [House] members would be skittish about laying out too many specifics in policy areas, including healthcare, that a presidential nominee could then ignore.
“I’m not so sure now,” he said.
“You could easily see Trump as president saying, ‘Okay, see what kind of a deal you can get out of the House and Senate. We’ll work on the deal.’ And that’s what he likes. Cutting the deal. I don’t think he cares about the substance and the starting points.”
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