GOP Lawmakers Don’t See Repeal Of Individual Mandate Getting Added To House Version Of Tax Bill
“It hasn’t ever been in the [House] bill,” said one Republican on the Ways and Means Committee. “I expect that it will be added somewhere down the sausage-making venture.” Meanwhile, lawmakers may be considering changes to taxes on health savings accounts.
GOP Unlikely To Repeal ObamaCare Mandate In Tax Measure
The House is unlikely to repeal the mandate to buy insurance under ObamaCare as part of its tax-reform bill, GOP sources say, though the issue could return down the road. President Trump and conservative lawmakers are pushing for the individual mandate to be repealed in the bill, but House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has expressed worry that the controversial measure would jeopardize the broader tax-reform bill, given the Senate’s failure on health care earlier this year. (Wong and Sullivan, 11/6)
Republicans Could Target HSAs In Bipartisan Health Tax Deal
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters Monday night that an emerging bipartisan agreement to delay some medical care taxes could include changes to health savings accounts. “We are working with our Democrats on a bipartisan agreement on the medical device tax and health insurance tax, and perhaps HSAs as well,” the Texas Republican said Monday night. “And we expect that to be part of the discussion on CHIP and teaching health centers and all that." (McIntire, 11/6)