Senate GOP to add repeal of ACA insurance mandate into tax bill
Senate Republican leaders are alter- ing their tax bill to include a
of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a
change as they now try to accomplish two of their top domestic priorities in a single piece of legislation.
Party leaders said Tuesday their tax bill will include a provision that would repeal the individual mandate, a part of the health care law that creates penalties for Americans who don’t have health insurance.
“We’re optimistic that inserting the individual man-
repeal would be helpful,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday after meeting with party members during a closed-door lunch.
Republicans had until Tuesday resisted the eventually lead to 13 million fewer people having health insurance, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., cha i rman of th e S ena te Republican Conference and a member of the finance committee that is drafting the tax bill, said repealing the individual mandate will allow them to further cut taxes for middle-income families.
“It’ll be distributed in the form of middle-income tax relief,” Thune said. “It will give us even more of an opportunity to really distribute the relief to those middle-income cohorts who could really benefit from it.”
But the change could unnerve less conservative Republican senators, who voted against previous Senate efforts to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans appeared to give differing explanations for what they would do with the extra money generated by repealing the individual mandate.
McConnell, speaking later at an event hosted by the Wall Street Journal, said the repeal would allow them to ensure corporate tax cuts remain permanent and also to lower taxes for middle-class families.