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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Senate Republicans have decided to include the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's requirement that most people have health insurance in a sprawling overhaul of the tax code, merging the fight over health care with the high-stakes effort to cut taxes.

Repealing the so-called individual mandate, as President Trump had urged, would help Republicans with the difficult math problem they face in refining their tax plan. But it also risks reigniting the contentious debate over health care that Republicans found themselves mired in for much of the year.

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In order to be protected from a Democratic filibuster, the tax bill can add no more than $1.5 trillion to federal budget deficits over a decade, and it cannot add to the deficit after a decade. Eliminating the mandate would free up more than $300 billion over a decade that could go toward tax cuts, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Because getting rid of the mandate would lead to a decline in the number of people with health coverage, the government would spend less money on subsidized health plans.

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"Repealing the mandate would free up more than $300 billion in government funding over the next decade, but it would also eventually lead to 13 million fewer people having health insurance, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office."

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More winning for the GOP!

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-14 03:50 PM | Reply

I couldn't think of anything the GOP could have done better to engender bitter resentment towards this tax plan. Must be their idea of a double or nothing play. I think they'll wind up with nothing.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-14 04:03 PM | Reply

If they put this in for any reason other than to give it back in committee they are truly retarded.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-14 04:20 PM | Reply

If they put this in for any reason other than to give it back in committee they are truly retarded EVIL.

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#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-14 04:39 PM | Reply

Gee, who would of thought that the best, affordable health care for everyone would really be just a massive tax cut for the wealthy?

#5 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-11-14 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Being kicked off of health insurance is the essence of freedom according to Mike Pence.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-14 09:58 PM | Reply

So let's see if I have this right.

A family making $60,000 gets a tax cut of say $500. Then premiums go up $1,400 because of the mandate being eliminated.

So then that family has to pay out about $900 extra that year.

Yep. That makes sense being this is a Republican "tax cut".

They always did have trouble with math.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-15 11:30 AM | Reply

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