Cornyn Says Tax Bill Mandate Repeal Makes Obamacare ‘Unworkable'

Hoover Institute’s Lanhee Chen discusses the passing of the Republican tax plan and what it means for the economy.

The No. 2 Senate Republican said Tuesday that the GOP’s tax bill will make Obamacare “unworkable,” which he hopes will force Democrats into negotiations to replace the law.

John Cornyn

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Asked about the failure of the GOP’s efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, Senator John Cornyn of Texas noted the tax measure will repeal the penalty for not buying health insurance, a central element of the Affordable Care Act.

"Arguably, doing away with the individual mandate makes the Affordable Care Act unworkable -- not that it was particularly great beforehand,” Cornyn said. “Hopefully this will precipitate the bipartisan negotiation on what we need to do as an alternative."

Republicans are considering another effort to repeal and replace the broader law next year, but will have one fewer vote to do so after Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate special election.

Senator John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican, also said he hoped there would be a bipartisan deal but said another option is trying to find 50 votes for a modified version of the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill. That bill failed to get 50 votes earlier this year.

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