Trump would not insist Obama health insurance in Senate tax bill

Vastavam web: U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday.“If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill that can pass, that’s great,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“If it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can, then we are O.K. with taking it out,” Mulvaney said.Another top Trump administration official, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, said the individual mandate was “not a bargaining chip” but said the White House would work with the Senate to get a tax bill passed this year.
“This is all about getting this passed in the Senate. This isn’t a bargaining chip,” Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The president thinks we should get rid of it and I think we should get rid of it.”The House of Representatives last week passed its tax bill. Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, consider a tax bill critical to their party’s prospects in the 2018 U.S. congressional elections.
Trump had urged lawmakers to add repeal of the mandate to the tax bill, writing on Twitter last week that the provision was “unfair” and “highly unpopular.”Republican senators who have been critical of the plan said that some middle-income taxpayers could see any benefits of the tax cuts wiped out by higher health insurance premiums if the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate goes through.