GOP targets health mandate in tax reform

November 15, 2017

Senate Republicans are including the repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate in their tax-reform bill, a risky play that meets President Trump’s demands but could cost the measure support from centrists.

Repealing the mandate gives Republicans more money to offset the cost of tax cuts, and would fulfill a long-standing GOP promise to eliminate a core part of former President Obama’s health-care law.

Republicans can afford only two defections in the Senate and pass the tax bill if all Democrats oppose it, but Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) expressed confidence that Republicans have the votes after a count.

At the same time, Republicans acknowledged after a conference lunch that the decision to add the mandate’s repeal to the tax bill was not unanimous, suggesting uncertainty that the GOP has 52 votes.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Dennis says:

    Do your jobs and do away with Obamacare. DO NOT CUT MEDICARE ANYMORE! If anything you should bolster Medicare since you raised prices on the co-pay this year! You stole 700 billion from this plan when Obama was in office. What did he do but ship it off to Iran in the middle of the night, and this man is still not in jail? You people had best do your jobs or you will be looking for another after the next elections!

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