BREAKING: Senate Scrapping Obamacare Mandate

Republican Senate leaders have announced that they plan to repeal the portion of Obamacare which punishes citizens for not having health insurance.

While we are still waiting for the Senate version of the Trump Administration-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Senate Republican leadership has announced that they are including a provision in the bill which would strike the mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare). This mandate is essentially the only thing holding the dumpster fire that is Obamacare together, in that it fines American citizens for not having health insurance in order to force them into the market so that they can support others who are receiving free or reduced-cost insurance.

The GOP is finally calling the mandate exactly what it is: "A tax on the poor." Under the mandate, working families facing skyrocketing costs for health insurance are currently being pushed to buy anyway or be punished. The Congressional Budget Office is estimating that stripping the mandate will save $338 billion over the next 10 years. We'll see what else the bill contains when it comes out, but kudos to Tom Cotton, the Republican Senator from Arkansas for spearheading the effort to put the mandate where it belongs--the trash.

The mandate is nothing but a bargaining chip to give back to 3-4 GOP Senators in order to assure their votes on the package.

I am happy to see that it is included, but the proof of their determination to end obamacare will be in the final bill that is made between the House and the Senate. Will it survive that bill? I have my doubts. What people seem unwilling to do is suffer the necessity of the adjustment that will take place as obamacare comes undone. Yes, some will lose coverage, some will see rates go up and there will be much confusion. Just like when obamacare was created. It will take some time before insurance companies and the medical field make the adjustments. And apparently our elected officials are more scared of how that will affect their reelection than they are concerned about doing the right thing.

Call me a cynic, but they won't repeal a single thing about Obamacare for fear of being called a racist, sexist or homophobe. Congress is comprised of a bunch of wimps who let the opposition rule them, by their polls, rather than their constituents. Some Republicans fall into that Hell, also.

If there were no 17th amendment, there would be no Roy Moore problem, no Obamacare, and no Senators backing special interests over the interests of their state. The need for a Convention of The States grows more apparent almost daily.

What about the small business mandate? With static scoring it will not change anything, but anyone with an ounce of sense can see that if businesses don't have restrictions at 49 employees where they are mandated to buy insurance for them, they may actually be able to grow.