WH would drop health mandate repeal if ‘'impediment' to tax reform

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. CNN photo.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the Trump administration wants a repeal of the individual health care mandate included in the GOP's tax reform plan, but is willing to take it out if it gets in the way of passage.

"If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of the tax bill, and have a tax bill that is still a good tax bill that can pass, that's great," Mulvaney said on CNN's "State of the Union." "If it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can we're okay with taking it out."

But Mulvaney added that he doesn't think the repeal of the Affordable Care Act mandate, which requires that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty, is an impediment yet.

"Fifty-eight percent of the folks who pay the fine make less than ($50,000) and almost 80% of the people that pay that fine today make less than $100,000," he said. "So there's a benefit to folks if the repeal goes away. But again, it's up to the House and Senate to hammer through those details."

For more on Congress’ efforts to pass a tax reform bill, visit:
Senate Republicans unveil their own tax plan
Lawmakers bicker over whether tax bill helps middle class.

By Maegan Vazquez, CNN. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

The Gayly – November 19, 2017 @ 11:10 a.m. CST.