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.