Without the Obamacare mandate in place, the Affordable Car Act would be effectively over.
Hopefully the Senate will go through with ending the Obamacare mandate, instead of using it as a bargaining chip to get other tax reforms passes. Ending the Obamacare mandate for individual insurance would fulfill two of Donald Trump’s promises at once: It would be a tax cut and count as Obamacare repeal.
The decision means that Republicans, yet again in 2017, will attempt to gut a key element of the Affordable Care Act.
So far, such efforts have failed because not enough Republican senators have backed the idea of repealing the mandate, which would lead to an estimated 13 million more people lacking health insurance.
“We’re optimistic that inserting individual mandate repeal would be helpful,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. on Tuesday afternoon after a lunch meeting with the Republican conference.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said, “I’m pleased the Senate Finance Committee has accepted my proposal to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate in the tax legislation.”
“Repealing the mandate pays for more tax cuts for working families and protects them from being fined by the IRS for not being able to afford insurance that Obamacare made unaffordable in the first place,” Cotton said. “I urge the House to include the mandate repeal in their tax legislation.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Tex., said, “We’re going to repeal the tax on poor Americans.”
Cornyn said the majority of people who pay the individual mandate tax penalty for not having insurance have lower incomes.
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