GOP adds Oba­macare changes to tax re­form

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY MARCY GOR­DON As­so­ci­ated Press

— Se­nate Repub­li­cans are in­tent on scrap­ping the Af­ford­able Care Act’s re­quire­ment that Amer­i­cans get health in­sur­ance, tar­get­ing a re­peal of the in­di­vid­ual man­date to help fi­nance deep tax cuts in their tax over­haul.

The sur­prise re­newal Tues­day of the failed ef­fort to scrap the law’s man­date came a day af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­newed pres­sure on GOP law­mak­ers to in­clude the re­peal in their tax leg­is­la­tion. It has sharp po­lit­i­cal stakes for Trump, who lacks a ma­jor leg­isla­tive achieve­ment af­ter nearly 10 months in of­fice.

The move by Repub­li­cans on the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee up­ended the de­bate over the tax mea­sure just as it was inch­ing closer to pas­sage fol­low­ing months of fine-tun­ing and com­pro­mise. It turned the de­bate into an an­gry par­ti­san ref­er­en­dum on health care and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture law.

Repub­li­can ef­forts to dis­man­tle the law col­lapsed this past sum­mer as mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans joined with Democrats in re­ject­ing the re­peal — a bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment for Trump, who lashed out at the Se­nate GOP for fail­ing. Adding the re­peal of the man­date to the tax mea­sure would com­bine two of Trump’s leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties.

Be­yond Trump’s prod­ding, the re­peal move also was dic­tated by the Repub­li­cans’ need to find rev­enue sources for the mas­sive tax-

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