President Trump on Wednesday bragged that the Republican tax plan “essentially” repeals former President Obama’s signature health-care law.
“When the individual mandate is being repealed, that means Obamacare is being repealed,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting. “We have essentially repealed Obamacare, and we will come up with something much better.”
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) still remains in place after Republicans failed to repeal it earlier this year.
The bill does repeal ACA’s individual mandate, which requires almost all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine.
As the HuffPost notes:
Repealing the individual mandate will worsen insurance markets, but the tax bill does not affect other important structures of the Affordable Care Act, such as protections for people with pre-existing conditions, tax credits for people who buy their own insurance and the expansion of state Medicaid programs. And Obamacare enrollment continued this year, despite the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine the program.
Trump told reporters that he did not want to “bring it up” because he was worried about how the news media would report it.
“Obamacare has been repealed in this bill,” Trump said. “We didn’t want to bring it up. I told people specifically, ‘Be quiet with the fake news media,’ because I don’t want them talking too much about it.”
President Trump on repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate: "So, in this bill not only do we have massive tax cuts and tax reform, we have essentially repealed Obamacare and we'll come up with something that will be much better." https://t.co/5A4GmFds8B pic.twitter.com/0WBwwCU1J1
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