Senate GOP to link tax law, health man­date

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

Senate Repub­li­cans are in­tent on scrap­ping the Af­ford­able Care Act’s re­quire­ment that Amer­i­cans get health in­sur­ance.

Law­mak­ers are 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.

Ear­lier Repub­li­cans and Democrats re­jected a re­peal.

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