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Republican Leaders Want to Keep the Obamacare Taxes

By  |  December 22, 2016, 05:30am  |  @ewerickson

Did the GOP not just win an election, in part, because of the devastating effects Obamacare is having? They keep pledging they are going to repeal it, but one Republican Senator who will have a great deal of say in the matter wants to keep the Obamacare taxes in place.

Some conservatives have long pushed for repealing the entire health law, including the taxes. But other Republicans, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), want to keep some of the taxes to provide revenue for a replacement plan.

“There needs to be some source of revenue,” Cassidy told The Hill. He noted that various healthcare industry groups already worked out deals when ObamaCare was being passed in 2009 to give up some money in exchange for increasing coverage, which would help their business.

“As far as I’m concerned, we can leave those on the table,” he said.

Cassidy, along with House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas), earlier this year introduced an ObamaCare replacement plan that would have left in place ObamaCare’s taxes.

It is not repealing Obamacare if Obamacare is repealed, but its taxes remain in place. That’s breaking a core promise the GOP has been making since 2010.

Bill Cassidy and Pete Sessions need to hear from the base of the party that Obamacare needs to be repealed totally and that includes the tax increases.

[UPDATE:] Two House sources tell me not to confuse Cassidy and Sessions’ position with that of Paul Ryan or the GOP as a whole.