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US Senate tax Bill strikes blow at Obamacare, repeals individual mandate

This action is expected to cause insurance premiums to rise and lead to millions of people losing coverage.

Reuters  |  WASHINGTON 

The sweeping tax overhaul that passed the US Senate on Saturday contains the Republicans' biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, repealing the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance. The individual mandate is meant to ensure a viable health insurance market by forcing younger and healthier Americans to buy coverage. Removing it while keeping the rest of Obama's Affordable Care Act intact is expected to cause insurance premiums to rise and lead to millions of people losing coverage, policy experts say. "It's ...

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First Published: Sun, December 03 2017. 11:06 IST
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