White House open to striking health provision from tax bill
WASHINGTON - The Associated Press
The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine. But it has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who says the issue should be dealt with separately.
But he told CNN’s "State of the Union" on Nov. 19 that "we’re OK" with removing it if keeping it becomes an impediment to passing the legislation.
"I don't think anybody doubts where the White House is on repealing and replacing Obamacare. We absolutely want to do it," Mulvaney said on Nov. 19. "If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill and have a tax bill that is still a good tax bill that can pass, that's great.
Legislative director Marc Short said on Nov. 19 that the White House "is very comfortable with the House bill," which does not include the so-called individual mandate. But Short also said the White House views the mandate as a tax and "we like the fact that the Senate has included it in its bill."