It will hit red states especially hard.
In January 2012, 27 senators sent the Supreme Court a 48-page legal brief.
The Supreme Court would soon hear a landmark case on the legality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. These senators wanted to warn the justices of grave consequences of repealing the requirement to carry health coverage.
“The individual mandate,” they wrote, “is at the heart of the PPACA. The remainder of the statute necessarily depends on its inclusion because without the mandate, the statute’s reforms cannot work as intended.”
The senators who wrote this letter were (and are) Republicans. The 23 senators who wrote this letter and still serve today voted to support a tax bill that repeal this provision that, in their own words, will mean that Obamacare’s “reforms cannot work as intended.”
Senators have not developed a sudden case of amnesia — they have not forgotten the consequences of mandate repeal. Many spoke out against the idea of stand-alone repeal of the individual mandate this summer, when senators introduced a bill known as “skinny repeal.”
That bill would have, like the tax bill, repealed the requirement to carry coverage — and senators harshly attacked it as a terrible policy.
“The skinny bill as policy is a disaster,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-NC) said at the time. “It is not a replacement in and of itself.”
But skinny repeal is essentially what Republicans have attached to their tax bill. And that provision runs the very real risk of causing disruption and possibly collapse in the Obamacare insurance marketplaces.
Repealing the individual mandate would destabilize the individual insurance market
The Senate bill includes a provision to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that nearly all Americans carry insurance coverage, known as “the individual mandate.”
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