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Lisa Murkowski Says She's OK With Killing The Health Insurance Mandate


Added 11-22-17 02:54:02am EST - “Projections suggest millions will lose coverage; the Alaska senator says she simply wants to allow choice.” - Huffingtonpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffingtonpost.com: “Lisa Murkowski Says She's OK With Killing The Health Insurance Mandate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) cast a decisive, dramatic vote to save health care for millions of people over the summer. The chances of her doing it again just went way down. 

With Republicans preparing to vote on tax cut legislation next week, Murkowski announced on Tuesday that she would not oppose the bill simply because it includes a provision repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

Murkowski made the announcement in an op-ed for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. And she was careful not to promise she’d vote for the final tax legislation.

That legislation would repeal a variety of corporate and personal taxes. But most of the cuts that benefit lower- and middle-income taxpayers are temporary and, once they expire, half of them would actually end up paying higher taxes, according to official estimates.

Those numbers could help sink the bill, which is expected to get no Democratic votes and thus needs 50 of the Senate’s 52 Republicans to vote for it. But Murkowski’s statement about the mandate leaves open the possibility she’d be one of the 50.

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