GOP Just Added Repealing ACA Mandate to an Already Awful ‘Tax Reform’ Bill
I mean it isn’t actually ‘tax reform’ as it actually increases the deficit markedly-‘tax reform’ would be revenue neutral-and it’s also a major tax cut for the rich and the corporations at the expense of many middle class Americans.
As it stands millions of Americans will see their taxes increase in the GOP’s fake tax reform bill. But still the GOP seems to think it wasn’t awful enough, wasn’t regressive enough. So now they’re adding another poison pill: repealing Obamacare’s mandate.
Mike DeBonis and Damian Paletta have the latest horror to be added to the already horrific Republican tax bill:
Senate Republican leaders are adding a provision to their tax bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a major change as they now try to accomplish two of their top domestic priorities in a single piece of legislation.
“We’re optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful” to the tax effort, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday after meeting with party members during a closed-door lunch.
President Trump and many GOP lawmakers have supported using the tax bill to repeal the mandate, a part of the health care law that creates penalties for some Americans who don’t buy health insurance. But up until Tuesday Republicans had resisted making the change, worried that injecting health care politics would imperil the tax bill.
Repealing the mandate would free up more than $300 billion in government funding over the next decade, but it would cause 13 million fewer people to have health insurance in a decade, according to projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
“So, in addition to raising taxes on tens of millions of Americans, they’re also going to cause millions more to lose their health coverage, all to give a tax break to corporations and the wealthy? Sounds like a political winner.”
I’m rather baffled what changed their mind that somehow injecting ‘healthcare politics’ would somehow help their effort.
“Senate Republican leaders moved Tuesday to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in their tax bill, a major change of strategy as they try to accomplish two of their top domestic priorities in a single piece of legislation.”
“They also announced that the individual tax cuts in the plan would be made temporary, expiring at the end of 2025 to comply with Senate rules limiting the impact of legislation on the long-term deficit. A corporate tax cut, reducing the rate from 35 to 20 percent, would be left permanent.”
“The changes introduce volatile variables into what was already a challenging political enterprise for Republicans. And it’s unclear whether they will help or hurt the bill’s chances.”
Well let’s see. They utterly failed to repeal the mandate as a standalone bill but adding it to another ‘tax reform’ bill that itself has had problems passing is sure to make it easier.
However, let this be a wakeup call for all of us, my friends. So long as the GOP is in power we can’t sleep on them as they will never stop thinking of ways to get our healthcare in their sights.
We need a Democratic Congress.
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