Nobody really knows what’s going on with the back and forth negotiating in the House and Senate tax reform bills. The details change daily, but this is one detail we all hope will stay in both versions of the bill. It eliminates the Obamacare individual mandate.
Senate Republicans will add the repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate to the tax bill, Senate leaders said Tuesday afternoon.
President Donald Trump urged the Senate in a tweet Monday to add the repeal. Sen. Rand Paul said on Tuesday morning that he would push for the move. Sen. Tom Cotton also indicated that he supported putting the repeal in the bill.
Now, Republican leaders are confirming that the repeal will indeed be part of the bill and that they have enough votes for it to pass through the Senate.
“We’re optimistic that inserting the individual mandate will be helpful,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday.
… “Repealing the mandate pays for more tax cuts for working families and protects them from being fined by the IRS for not being able to afford insurance that Obamacare made unaffordable in the first place,” Sen. Cotton said in a statement, according to the Hill.
Without the individual mandate, Obamacare implodes. There’s nothing there to prop it up, fiscally. Trump always advocated letting it implode, and this would be a great start to that end.