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GOP Splits on Need to Scrap Obamacare Taxes in Swift Repeal

  • Conservatives say the entire law must be reversed immediately
  • Others want to keep tax provisions until replacement is ready
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Congressional Republicans pushing for a swift Obamacare repeal are sharply divided on whether to scrap Obamacare’s tax provisions at the same time or delay that move until a replacement is ready.

Some conservatives say every part of the Affordable Care Act must go immediately -- including its tax-revenue streams -- because that’s what voters were promised. But repealing the tax increases, which pay for the subsidies needed to help millions of Americans afford coverage, could make it politically impossible to pay for a replacement plan down the line.