Trump is playing chess--with his supporters' brains. Trump has no reason to endorse any other legislation and has successfully taken this issue off the table for himself. He's just going to let Congress battle it out so he looks moderate and level-headed in comparison.
Look. Even though Ryan's bill reflects everything Trump said during the campaign, and even though Trump is endorsing the bill, and even though Trump is commanding Republicans to vote for it, we all know Trump has strong libertarian principles and will do the right thing.
I'd also like to see the employer tax credit go away altogether since it encourages "over-consumption" of health insurance, but it's not politically viable even with rock-ribbed conservatives.
Rand's plan gives the same tax credit treatment to individual plans as employer insurance. Is it ideal? No. Is it better? Absolutely. This will create a competitive market since there will no longer be a tax advantage to having employer insurance over an individual/association plan.
I have to agree with most of this. He needs to focus on how his plan addresses PEC's and how you won't necessarily have to be chained to your employer for insurance, if you so choose. His plan does a very good job of addressing both problems while also creating markets to lower costs.
I think the argument is that H-1B's are basically a corporate subsidy since the "temporary" foreign workers are supposed to be paid the prevailing wage, but the foreign workers end up accepting wages that are much less. The firm who can get these government approved workers gets the market advantage. It goes along with the argument that you can't have open borders without any sort of welfare state.