The US Senate and House have both taken a giant step towards a major ObamaCare repeal goal.
The individual ObamaCare mandate will be repealed within the tax bill that would require all Americans to obtain health insurance.
The bill has to go through reconciliation, but seems to have wide support throughout the GOP.
Most on Capitol Hill have come to the conclusion that the ObamaCare mandate must go.
“Repealing the individual mandate simply restores to people the freedom to choose,” Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski.
The Senator from Alaska has opposed previous Obamacare repeal efforts.
“Instead of taxing people for not being able to afford coverage. We should be working to reduce costs and provide options.”
Republican lawmakers have failed several times this year to scrap the mandate as part of other efforts to repeal Obamacare. Repeal has been blocked by opposition from a few of the party’s senators.
“Repealing the individual mandate simply restores to people the freedom to choose,” Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has opposed previous Obamacare repeal efforts, wrote in an opinion piece in Alaska’s Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
There are two stabilization bills that are being put forth to replace the mandate.
The first bill wis co authored by Senator Patty Murray and Lamar Dickinson. This bill will restore billions of dollars in subsidies used to reduce out-of pocket for low-income Americans.
A second, co-authored by Collins and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, would create an additional $4.5 billion fund to compensate insurers for covering health care for the sickest patients.
Some have urged Congress to preserve the individual mandate and warned of “serious consequences” such as rising premiums and a rise in the number of uninsured if it were repealed. They ignore the already proven ‘serious consequences’ that we have al;ready seen from 6 years of ObamaCare on the nations healthcare.
Now that the tax reform bill includes the ObamaCare mandate repeal with it, let’s get this tax bill to the President’s desk. Republicans are now hoping to get it reconciled and put on president Trump’s desk before Christmas.