Reprinted from The Hill by Nathaniel Weixel on May 17, 2017.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday said he is open to delaying the repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate for having insurance.
Hatch told reporters he “wouldn’t mind” postponing repeal until after 2020, or even indefinitely.
“I don’t mind the individual mandate being expanded,” Hatch told reporters Wednesday. “But it all comes down to budgetary concerns and how it’s going to be written.”
The individual mandate — a financial penalty on people who don’t buy health insurance — is one of the most unpopular parts of ObamaCare. The House-passed American Health Care Act would repeal the mandate, effective immediately. …