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Republicans Aim To Remove The Individual Mandate In Order To Fund Tax Cuts

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A revised version of the Senate's tax reform bill includes a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate, a move that received unanimous support from Senate Republicans. (Image credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

A revised version of the Senate's tax reform bill includes a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate, a move that received unanimous support from Senate Republicans.

According to CNN, after becoming aware of the measure - which also has the president's endorsement - Republican House members moved to action.

Following news of the Senate's plans, House conservatives are lobbying their leaders to add the repeal of the individual mandate to the House GOP tax bill Tuesday, according to two senior GOP aides, but at least one House Republican leader has since thrown cold water on the idea.

Sen John McCain (R-AZ) voiced his support for the repeal this time around, but Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), another of three Republicans who voted against the GOP's attempt to repeal the individual and employer mandate in July, expressed continued concern about the issue, telling reporters Tuesday:

"I personally think that it complicates tax reform," she said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) indicated via Twitter that he intends to keep the GOP promise to repeal the mandate:

Paul's tweet came after a meeting of the finance committee Monday night ended with discussion but no finalized decision on the mandate repeal measure.

"It is under discussion," [Sen. John] Cornyn said Tuesday. "I can't tell you now. We are going to be talking about it with the whole conference at our noon meeting."

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