States Have Already Tried Versions Of ‘Skinny Repeal.’ It Didn’t Go Well

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by (from left) Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, discussed health care overhaul with reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by (from left) Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, discussed health care overhaul with reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

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Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a “skinny repeal” that would roll back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But health policy analysts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success.

Senators are reportedly considering a narrow bill that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate,” which assesses a tax on Americans who don’t have insurance. The bill would also eliminate the ACA’s penalties for some businesses – those that have 50 or more workers and

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/27/539588546/states-have-already-tried-versions-of-skinny-repeal-it-didn-t-go-well?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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