Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Ala.) wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday that she supports Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate.
A liberal coalition that supports Obamacare is targeting three Republican senators on the airwaves, urging them to vote against the GOP tax bill after they bucked their party’s Senate vote to repeal Obamacare over the summer.
The Washington Post fact checker gave Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) “two Pinocchios” for claiming Wednesday that the Senate Republican tax plan is “kicking 13 million people off health insurance to give tax cuts to the wealthy” by adding a repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate to the most recent version of the bill.
There are 5.8 million uninsured individuals who could purchase an Obamacare plan for less than the cost of the penalty for not having health insurance, according to a report from Kaiser Family Foundation.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate would reduce the federal deficit by $338 billion in the next decade, according to a projection from the Congressional Budget Office.
Obamacare health insurance premiums in some states are expected to rise by double digits next year, according to data from the group Freedom Partners.
The majority of households paying the Obamacare penalty in 2015 were low- and middle-income households, according to the most recent data from the Internal Revenue Service.