Earlier this year, congressional Republicans failed miserably to repeal key parts of Obamacare, including the individual mandate that penalizes Americans for not having healthcare insurance. Many people have found it cheaper to pay the penalty tax than to pay the skyrocketing premiums for Obamacare policies.
Senate Republicans have not given up on getting rid of the individual mandate and have made it part of their tax reform bill. When it they first made their tax reform bill known, several key Republican senators spoke out against it, casting doubt on their ability to pass the measure.
Now, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has come out in support of keeping the repeal of the individual mandate as part of the Senate’s tax reform bill.
(Fox News) – In an op-ed published Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, writes that she backs the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate, a position that might offer her party hope when it comes to the tax plan vote.
Republican senators have said they intend on repealing the individual mandate requirement as part of their tax legislation. A spokesman for Murkowski told Politico that her column does not mean she supports the tax bill.
“I have always supported the freedom to choose. I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed,” Murkowski writes in the Fairbanks Daily-Miner. “That is the fundamental reason why I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception and also why I cosponsored a bill to repeal the individual mandate tax penalty starting as early as 2013. And that is why I support the repeal of that tax today.”
Even if the Senate manages to pass their tax reform bill with the repeal of the individual mandate, there is question if it will pass the House. The other question involves the Origination Clause in the US Constitution that states that all bills that raise revenue must originate in the House, not the Senate.