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Andre
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http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/360473-schumer-...

Tying Obamacare mandate to tax reform. Good idea, or political suicide for the Repubs?

From the article;

Republicans don't need Democratic votes to pass their tax plan, because of reconciliation rules that allow them to pass the legislation by a simple majority and avoid a filibuster.

But they would need Democrats to help to pass Alexander-Murray, which would likely need 60 votes to pass through the Senate.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that while 13 million Americans will become uninsured over a decade by repealing the individual mandate. But, according to the CBO, it would save $338 billion and give Republicans more money to help pay for tax cuts.


Although Repubs may be right in that the mandate is unpopular, and in general the healthy do not want to pay it, it is also the basis for how the system works, to keep premiums down.

The Repubs may get some sympathy here, but one can also view it as robbing Peter (the poor, who might eventually see higher premiums), to pay Paul (the wealthy, that might obtain a tax break from this legislation).
 
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The mandate is a tax, so if they want to reform it, then I suppose it does make some logical sense.
 
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Am I wrong that if the house and senate pass separate bills then the whole thing is thrown into reconciliation and new votes that aren't simple majority anyway?
 
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