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Warren Buffett says Donald Trump’s Obamacare replacement is ‘a huge tax cut for guys like me’

Chairman fumes that healthcare costs eat away at US economy like ‘tapeworm’

Berkshire Hathaway Inc Chairman Warren Buffett on Saturday fumed that healthcare costs are eating away at the US economy like “tapeworm” and said the Republican approach to overhaul Obamacare is a tax cut for the rich.

The US House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, a victory for Republican President Donald Trump who has called the 2010 law a “disaster.”

Speaking at Berkshire’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Omaha, Buffett said his federal income taxes last year would have gone down 17 percent had the new law been in effect.

“So it is a huge tax cut for guys like me,” he said. “And when there’s a tax cut, either the deficit goes up or they get the taxes from somebody else.”

The Republican bill would repeal most of the taxes that paid for the law formally known as the Affordable Care Act. The party’s leadership has promised that the new American Health Care Act, which faces a likely overhaul and uncertain passage in the Senate, would address growing healthcare costs.

Buffett said rising healthcare costs are crippling the competitiveness of US companies abroad.

Unlike in many other countries where much of healthcare spending is publicly financed, employers provide health insurance coverage for nearly half of Americans and often face sky-rocketing rates.

Buffett said healthcare costs have risen much faster in the United States than in the rest of the world and “will go up a lot more.”

“Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness,” he said. “That is a problem this society is having trouble with and is going to have more trouble with.”

Buffett is a Democrat who vocally supported Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful bid for the presidency against Trump.

The fourth richest man in the world with a net worth totaling $74.3 billion, according to Forbes magazine, Buffett has vowed to donate nearly his entire fortune to charity.

Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger added that he thinks neither political party “can think rationally” about healthcare because they “hate each other so much.”

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Writing the review in advance

Movie reviewers, food critics, the people who write about wine or stereo equipment… they write most of the review before they even encounter the final product.

Because, of course, they experience it before (you/they/we) think they do.

They’ve seen the marketing materials.

They know the reputation of the director or the vineyard.

They have a relationship with their editor, and an instinct about what the people they represent expect.

And of course, it goes double for the non-professional critics… your customers.

And even the hiring manager when you’re applying for a job.

The last click someone clicks before they buy something isn’t the moment they made up their mind.

And our expectations of how this is going to sound, feel or taste is pre-wired by all of the clues and hints we got along the way.

We lay clues.

That’s what it takes to change the culture and to cause action.

The thing we make matters a lot.

But the breadcrumbs leading up to that thing, the conversations we hear, the experiences that are shared, the shadow we cast–we start doing that days, months and years before.


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