Trump Asked And The Senate DELIVERED! They Deal MAJOR Blow To Obamacare

Republican Senators just approved a provision to their tax bill which removes the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance through Obamacare.

The healthcare legislation includes an individual mandate, which Republicans have widely criticized; if citizens fail to purchase healthcare, they are forced to pay a fee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the new provision earlier today to a group of reporters.

He said the new provision will coax more support for the bill.

Per the Hill:

Conservatives led by GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) pushed hard to include the provision, which would eliminate the federal penalty on people who do not buy health insurance. President Trump has also pushed for the provision to be part of the tax bill.

“We’re optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful and that’s obviously the view of the Senate Finance Committee Republicans as well,” McConnell said.

Senator Cotton celebrated the inclusion of the provision and encourages Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same:

“I’m pleased the Senate Finance Committee has accepted my proposal to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate in the tax legislation,” Cotton said in a statement.

“Repealing the mandate pays for more tax cuts for working families and protects them from being fined by the IRS for not being able to afford insurance that Obamacare made unaffordable in the first place. I urge the House to include the mandate repeal in their tax legislation.”

Senator John Kennedy said his colleagues are more willing to move forward on tax reform than they were for healthcare reform: “This is totally different from health care. Nobody was standing up saying, ‘If you do this, I’m not going to vote for the bill.’ There’s none of that. Everybody wants to get to yes.”

Senator Bill Cassidy similarly praised the removal of the individual mandate, “Repealing the individual mandate as part of tax reform will provide working families in Louisiana with even more tax relief.”

He continued:

“In 2015, more than 100,000 Louisianans paid a fine for not having health insurance. About 37 percent made less than $25,000 a year, and 78 percent made less than $50,000.”

“Getting rid of Obamacare’s tax on people who choose not to buy a plan or can’t afford the premiums is the right thing to do. It’s also another step toward our promise to improve our health care system. I will continue working with my Finance Committee colleagues to make our tax cut bill even better for working families.”

President Donald Trump previously called for the individual mandate to be repealed.

He tweeted, “I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes {& reform.} We’re getting close! Now, how about ending the unfair & highly unpopular Indiv Mandate in OCare & reducing taxes even further? Cut top rate to 35% w/all of the rest going to middle income cuts?”