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The GOP's High-Risk Move to Whack Obamacare in Its Tax Bill

Republican senators will scrap the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate as part of their proposal, jeopardizing delicate negotiations for the chance at a double legislative win.
Source: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Updated on November 14 at 5:09 p.m. ET

Republicans are taking another run at the Affordable Care Act as part of their overhaul of the tax code.

Bowing to pressure from President Trump, Senate leaders announced on Tuesday afternoon that they would add the repeal of Obamacare’s individual insurance mandate to the far-reaching tax bill they unveiled last week. It’s a high-risk, high-reward maneuver for the GOP, which has struck out in its previous attempts to dismantle the health law. If successful, the move could be a two-for-the-price-of-one policy victory for a party desperate to energize its voters heading into a difficult

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