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Tax bill strikes major blow to ObamaCare: Will it survive?

In this March 23, 2010, file photo President Barack Obama is applauded after signing the Affordable care Act into law in the East Room of the White house in Washington.

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Congressional Republicans, delivered after trying unsuccessfully for months, a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act this week, including in your sweeping tax reform bill a provision that lifts the individual mandate.

While this provision was overshadowed by the intense focus on what the passage of the biggest tax overhaul in three decades mean for the Americans’ paychecks, the impact on ObamaCare could significantly so.

Already, the White house pour, as the death of the former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.

“If the individual mandate is repealed, ObamaCare will be repealed. This is where you will get your money,” President Trump said on Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting. “With this bill we have essentially repealed ObamaCare. And we will come up with something much better. ObamaCare has been repealed in this bill.”

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The law is not yet repealed formally. But the individual mandate is a lynchpin of the ACA, which is why its defenders fought so hard to get it-only before the Supreme court, and later in Congress.

Under the ACA, the individual mandate required most people to have health insurance meeting certain standards. The law imposed tax penalties for infringements.

To make the idea behind the mandate was to buy young and healthy customers are in the system, to offset the cost of the acquisition of more sick and older customers.

Without the mandate, the future of ObamaCare as a whole, is unclear.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, touted the move as “the beginning of the end of the ObamaCare era,” in an op-ed for Fox News.

“The repeal of the individual mandate tax, the freedom of the nation ‘ s health care system. Once again, the American people will be re-wrote to be responsible for their health care – not Washington bureaucrats,” Luke.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says the repeal of the ” beginning of the end of ObamaCare.’

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On the surface, which was put repeal in the bill, in part, as a way to save money for the Federal government, through a reduction of subsidies.

According to forecasts by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on taxation, the Federal budget, the deficit will be reduced by $338 billion between 2018 and 2027.

But millions also fall out of the insurance pool, as you will not face a penalty for non-compliance.

According to official estimates, 4 million people would be uninsured the year, secures the mandate repeal to take effect, and 13 million more Americans would be uninsured by about 2027. These effects, according to the CBO and JCT, would occur because healthier people would be less likely to purchase insurance.

This could mean more premium pain for those still in the system. The average premiums are estimated to increase by 10 percent.

“You are going to pay a price for that in premiums,” house Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Wednesday.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill, after the passage of the GOP-tax-reform.

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Premiums were already rising before the mandate. And the first reports in November, a strong early enrollment in the program showed-that was before the mandate, repeal it.

The big question will be whether the insurance company can adjust the markets, or whether the fallout is so significant that it spurs Congress, the hammer on a comprehensive health care overhaul.

While the Congress-Republicans could not ‘repeal and replace’ ObamaCare in its entirety this year, the Republicans hope that the mandate of the repeal will be the strength that a possible legislative fix to the entire program.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said bluntly, at the beginning of this week, the repeal of the program would make it “feasible,” in turn, the new party requesting negotiations on Capitol Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, suggested that the current cross-party health stabilization accounts “have the same effect” — of opening the door to some Form of new laws, while the defendant, the GOP scheme.

“We need new laws in order for the Republicans’ latest attempt, our health care system,” Schumer said.

In November, health insurers and industry experts and the giants –America’s Health Insurance plans, American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Hospital Association, BlueCross BlueShield, American Medical Association and the Federation of American Hospitals – sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to maintain the individual mandate until the Congress could insure to adopt a full reform “as appropriate, a balanced risk pool and prevent extraordinary increases in premiums.”

The letter warned of “serious consequences” if Congress “simply the mandate, while the insurance reforms.”

But despite predictions of premium hikes, the Republicans cast the mandate as a net positive.

“Under ObamaCare, if the Americans do not buy the kind of health insurance that Washington thought they should buy, they were punished with a tax penalty,” Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ed for Fox News wrote in an op-late Wednesday. “But if the plans are available, which are not under the ObamaCare affordable or not desirable, the fault lies with the fault of the law itself.”

Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.

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