Yesterday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate tax bill would include a provision to do away with the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that all Americans have health insurance. The repeal of the individual mandate would remove the incentive for younger, healthier Americans who buy their insurance through the individual market to purchase coverage, tilting the market toward older, sicker consumers—in turn, decreasing the number of insurers who participate in the marketplace.
U.S. Senate Republicans are moving forward on a disastrous tax plan, one that would raise taxes on 1 in 3 middle class families and repeal the individual mandate which is a vital piece of the Affordable Care Act. This would leave 13 million Americans without health insurance and raise premiums in the individual marketplace by 10 percent in most years over the next decade—all to give massive tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and giant corporations. This is shameful and only makes a bad bill worse.
Earlier this year, in one of the GOP’s previous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, the Congressional Budget Office concluded that repealing the mandate would raise premiums by double-digits and sow widespread chaos in the individual marketplace. The moms of America will not stand for this attack on our families and our health—and call on Congressional Republicans who rejected previous attempts to strip health insurance from millions of Americans to join with Democrats once again to defeat this bill.
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