Politics GOP senators whipping support for ObamaCare mandate repeal in tax bill

04:35  09 november  2017
04:35  09 november  2017 Source:   The Hill

Ryan: ObamaCare mandate repeal up for consideration in tax bill

  Ryan: ObamaCare mandate repeal up for consideration in tax bill Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Sunday that repealing ObamaCare's individual mandate is being discussed in talks surrounding the Republican reform tax plan. "We have an active conversation with our members and a whole host of ideas on things to add to this bill.  And that's one of the things that's being discussed," Ryan told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday.""We're listening to our members about what we can do to add to this bill to make it even better.  So that's among the ideas that a lot of members are suggesting that we could add to this bill to make it even better," he continued.

President Trump on Wednesday suggested using the GOP tax bill to repeal ObamaCare ’s individual mandate . “Wouldn't it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate in ObamaCare and use those savings for further Tax Cuts,” Trump tweeted.

Republicans senators are debating adding a repeal of ObamaCare 's individual mandate , which fines people for not having insurance, into their tax bill as they race to finalize the proposal. “I can't speak for the House, but in the Senate , we're considering that.

GOP senators whipping support for ObamaCare mandate repeal in tax bill © Provided by The Hill GOP senators whipping support for ObamaCare mandate repeal in tax bill Republicans senators are debating adding a repeal of ObamaCare's individual mandate, which fines people for not having insurance, into their tax bill as they race to finalize the proposal.

"I can't speak for the House, but in the Senate, we're considering that. I think they're whipping it today actually, and there's a chance that might get in there," Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) told reporters early Wednesday evening.

Senate Republicans are expected to unveil their tax bill - including a detailed proposal but no actual legislative text - on Thursday during a special 11:30 a.m. caucus meeting.

CBO: 13 million more uninsured if you repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate

  CBO: 13 million more uninsured if you repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate <p>Premiums would increase by 10 percent.</p>The numbers come from a new report from the Congressional Budget Office which re-scored the repeal as Republicans consider including it in their tax reform proposal as a means of saving money — and striking a blow to the health care law they’ve campaigned against but haven’t quite been able to undo. (President Trump is also reportedly considering an executive order that would defang the mandate.

GOP senators and aides anticipate that several of the other Republican health care proposals Despite clearing that procedural hurdle, the GOP still faces an uphill battle in rallying the support Republicans view a “skinny” repeal bill removing the individual and employer mandates as their best

President Trump on Wednesday suggested using the GOP tax bill to repeal ObamaCare 's individual mandate . Wouldn't it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular individual mandate in ObamaCare and use those savings for further Tax Cuts ..

The timeline gives them less than a day to sort out the health-care fight. If they don't, it could return at next week's Finance Committee mark up, or once the tax plan reaches the Senate floor when any senator could bring up repeal as an amendment.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters that there has been "no decision but there have been discussions" on whether to include the individual mandate repeal.

Asked if he supports including it, the No. 2 Senate Republican - who has previously warned against making tax reform more complicated - said he wants to be able to pass a bill.

Conservatives have been clamoring to use the tax plan to nix ObamaCare's individual mandate after Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Trump's Call For Repealing Obamacare Mandate In Tax Bill Lands With A Thud

  Trump's Call For Repealing Obamacare Mandate In Tax Bill Lands With A Thud Cameron Joseph contributed reportingPresident Donald Trump’s Twitter demand Wednesday morning that a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate be inserted in the Republican tax bill came out of the blue—and it’s going over like a lead balloon on Capitol Hill.The lead author of the tax plan, set to be unveiled on Thursday, as well as moderate Republicans whose votes are crucial for its passage and conservative allies of the President, say they’re opposed to adding in the mandate repeal this late in the game, and warn that doing so could put the entire bill in jeopardy.

Conservatives plot how much to push Obamacare mandate repeal in tax bill . House conservatives want the repeal of Obamacare ’s individual mandate included in tax legislation, but some are shying away from saying that inclusion is critical to their support .

Usual Suspects: 3 GOP Senators Hold Back Obamacare Repeal . The senator told reporters Monday that he may “reluctantly” support the bill if Ducey threw his weight behind it.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) separately told reporters on Wednesday that Senate Republicans were "whipping," or measuring support within the caucus, on including the repeal provision.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis released Wednesday found that repealing the individual mandate would save $338 billion over 10 years but would lead to 4 million more uninsured Americans by 2019 and 13 million by 2027.

President Trump has backed using the tax bill to nix the individual mandate, though the initial version of the House tax plan, unveiled last week, didn't include the provision.

Republicans have a narrow path to get their tax plan through the Senate. With a 52-seat majority they can only afford to lose two GOP senators and still let Vice President Pence break a tie, assuming every Democrat and independent votes "no."

And including an individual mandate repeal could draw blowback from moderate senators.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) noted he would support including a repeal of the individual mandate, but wouldn't demand it if it lost Republicans the support they needed to get to 51 votes.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) warned earlier on Wednesday that she thought linking the health-care fight to the tax bill would make it harder for Republicans to pass the tax legislation.

"It complicates the efforts to get a tax reform package through the Senate," she said.

-Nathaniel Weixel contributed

Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday .
The timeline, if Republicans stick to it, leaves senators with a tight schedule. Lawmakers are currently scheduled to leave for the weeklong Thanksgiving break on Nov. 17, just over a week after they will unveil their tax plan.But Senate GOP leadership is threatening to keep the chamber in session for part of the break in order to pass the tax legislation.Republicans have a narrow path to clearing a bill through the Senate. With 52 seats, they can only afford to lose two GOP senators, if every Democrat votes no, and still let Vice President Mike Pence break a tie.

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