The House GOP’s tax reform bill does not include a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate, despite a demand from President Trump.
The mandate requires everyone to have health insurance, and is not included in the bill set to be unveiled Thursday, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Trump touted the idea in a tweet on Wednesday, and the concept is still being toyed with in the Senate Republicans’ version of tax reform.
Wouldn't it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate in ObamaCare and use those savings for further Tax Cuts.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
....for the Middle Class. The House and Senate should consider ASAP as the process of final approval moves along. Push Biggest Tax Cuts EVER— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has been touting the proposal in the Senate, which is working on its own version that will run somewhat parallel to the House version.
House Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady said this week on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that he didn’t want to include mandate repeal in the bill, because it would be a distraction.
“What I don’t want to do is to add things that could again kill tax reform like healthcare died over there,” Brady told Hewitt, referring to Obamacare repeal efforts that died in the Senate.
It remains unclear if the Senate will follow the House’s lead on leaving out the individual mandate.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which is drafting tax reform, said this week that they are looking into the mandate repeal. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of Senate GOP leadership, doubted the repeal would be in the final version, but wouldn’t say for sure because members want it inserted.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in December that repealing the mandate would save $416 billion over a decade but 15 million fewer people would sign up for insurance.