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Last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare individual mandate fails

Published in Blog on December 05, 2017 by Convention of States Project

On Wednesday President Trump proposed using the new tax bill to repeal Obamacare's individual mandate.

He said in a pair of tweets: “Wouldn’t it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate in ObamaCare and use those savings for further Tax Cuts for the Middle Class. The House and Senate should consider ASAP as the process of final approval moves along.”

But as with so many good ideas in D.C., it doesn't look like this one is going to happen. According to The Hill, the tax bill will not include a repeal of the mandate:

The tax reform bill to be released Thursday will not include a repeal of ObamaCare's individual mandate, sources say, despite President Trump proposing the idea on Wednesday

Repealing the mandate would introduce a whole new area of controversy into the bill, and many Republicans think tax reform is hard enough without adding in health care. 

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Wednesday night that she did not think mandate repeal would be included "just because we didn't have unanimous agreement on the committee."

If Congress won't act, the people will. An Article V Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that get the feds out of the healthcare business. These amendments can limit the jurisdiction of the federal government to its proper sphere and allow the people and the states to make the best decisions for their local communities.


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