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June 28, 2012


How Republicans Could Eliminate the Mandate

Timothy Carney notes that repealing the individual health care mandate takes only 51 votes in the U.S. Senate because you can't filibuster a bill passed under "budget reconciliation." Since the Supreme Court ruled today that the health care law's individual mandate is a tax, Republicans "could simply lower the tax for not having health insurance down to $0.00, as a matter of budget reconciliation."

"Since it's a tax and not a mandate, there can't be any penalty for not having health insurance above and beyond the tax. So, voila! No more mandate!"

However, a reader points out that the Byrd rule prohibits using reconciliation to cut taxes without offsetting revenue increases.












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