It’s ba-a-a-a-ck! Another sneak attack on health care! The Republicans first attempt at legislation after coming to power in Congress was to try to engineer a tax give-away to the top 1% by masquerading it as a Repeal & Replace of Obamacare. When that failed they just shifted to directly drafting legislation to implement their tax cut for the super rich, attempting to pass it off as “tax reform” and a middle-class tax cut. Now, in an effort to find yet more sources of funds to deliver those tax cuts, Senate Republicans are calling for an end to the individual mandate component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Essentially this will drive premiums up for those who would still be able to afford it and make health insurance unaffordable for about 13 million people, thus “saving” the government about 338 billion over the next 10 years. Chris Hayes of MSNBC’s All In and Senator Ron Wyden break it down.
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