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Senate Republicans likely to repeal ACA mandate as part of tax bill

Senate Republicans likely to repeal ACA mandate as part of tax bill

By Harris Meyer  |  November 15, 2017

Senate Republicans have a good chance of passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of their tax cut legislation, even though healthcare industry groups are lobbying hard against it, political observers say.

GOP senators seek to 'gut' ACA via state waivers

GOP senators seek to 'gut' ACA via state waivers

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 13, 2017

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) have drafted legislation that critics say will make it easier for states to offer fewer healthcare coverage options at higher costs.

CBO: Axing ACA mandate would give GOP $338 billion more for tax cuts

CBO: Axing ACA mandate would give GOP $338 billion more for tax cuts

By Harris Meyer  |  November 08, 2017

If Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of their tax cut bill, that would give them $338 billion in cost savings over 10 years to soften the bill's rollback of popular tax breaks, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.

House GOP weighs repeal of health mandate in tax bill

House GOP weighs repeal of health mandate in tax bill

By Associated Press  |  November 06, 2017

Republicans are weighing a repeal of a key tenet of the Obama-era healthcare law in their tax overhaul as the House's tax-writing committee begins work on shaping the bill.

Federal judge rules Trump can end cost-sharing subsidies

Federal judge rules Trump can end cost-sharing subsidies

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 25, 2017

In a strongly worded opinion, the federal judge refused to force the Trump administration to revive cost-sharing reduction subsidies that help low-income people with out-of-pocket healthcare costs, ruling that the Affordable Care Act did not create a permanent appropriation for the payments.

CBO: Bipartisan bill to stabilize insurance would reduce budget deficit

CBO: Bipartisan bill to stabilize insurance would reduce budget deficit

By Harris Meyer  |  October 25, 2017

The bipartisan Senate bill to stabilize the individual insurance market and fund cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers would reduce the federal budget deficit by $3.8 billion from 2018 to 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Top Dems nix White House demands to alter healthcare deal

Top Dems nix White House demands to alter healthcare deal

By Associated Press  |  October 20, 2017

Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the ACA to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced an uphill path and this was the latest blow.

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

By Associated Press  |  October 20, 2017

Sens. Lamar Alexander's and Patty Murray's bill to resume paying cost-sharing subsidies to insurers has support from all 48 Democratic and independent senators, as well as 24 total co-sponsors from both parties. But its fate remains unclear as some Republicans seek changes that could threaten...

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