Spending on health or education could have been increased by a quarter or the company tax rate cut by up to 10 percentage points but for the Cullen Fund.
Source: OECD (2015), Regional Statistics (database), http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/region-data-en (accessed 10 September 2015).
Congressional Republicans are out manoeuvring the Democrats by first repealing the funding for Obamacare. If they tied a successor health insurance scheme to the repeal of Obamacare, as suggested by their opponents, the Senate Democrats could filibuster this to death.
The Senate Republicans can use a reconciliation device to sidestep a filibuster of the defunding of Obamacare and pass the repeal with a simple majority vote. An attempt to repeal the remaining regulatory structure of Obama care would be subject to a filibuster. A filibuster can be overturned only with 60 votes.
By adopting a sequential approach to the repeal of Obamacare, the Senate Democrats are cornered. They can hardly filibuster attempts to replace a defunded Obamacare with more federal assistance to those on low incomes and with pre-existing conditions.
Source: Unmitigated Gauls (1998).