Repeal Of Individual Mandate Not In Senate’s Tax Plan, But Could Still Be Added Down The Road
Some lawmakers are still pushing for it to be introduced further along in the legislative process. Meanwhile, the Senate tax bill keeps a deduction for medical expenses.
Initial Senate Tax Bill Does Not Repeal ObamaCare Mandate
The tax-reform bill that Senate Republicans are releasing Thursday does not repeal ObamaCare's individual insurance mandate, though the provision could be added down the line, GOP senators said. Senators leaving a briefing about the legislation said repealing the mandate is not in the initial text of the legislation, but cautioned that the issue is still under discussion. (Sullivan, 11/9)
Senate Keeps Medical Expenses Deduction In Break With House
The Senate GOP tax bill will retain a key deduction for qualified medical expenses that was excluded from the House version, according to a Republican senator on the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told reporters that the deduction will remain in the initial version of legislation the Senate is set to unveil today. (Weixel, 11/9)