Ways and Means to mark up reconciliation bill; health care repeal

Reconciliation bill; health care repeal

The House Ways and Means Committee today announced that tomorrow, September 29, it will mark up a bill that will include provisions to repeal certain health care-related items, including:

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  • The individual mandate
  • The employer mandate 
  • The medical devise excise tax 
  • The “cadillac tax”

According to a Ways and Means release announcing the markup, these provisions are part of a plan to “target” the health care law known as “Obamacare” using a reconciliation bill that can be passed by the Senate with a simple majority vote (due to procedural protections associated with budget reconciliation).

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) provided on its website (posted on September 28, 2015) descriptions and revenue estimates of the proposals for the markup.

In connection with an earlier House effort to repeal Obamacare, the White House indicated that the president would veto such legislation if it reached his desk. Read a February 2015 Statement of Administration Policy [PDF 332 KB] with respect to H.R. 596, repealing the Affordable Care Act.

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