GOP floats individual mandate repeal bill

Senate Republicans are proposing to repeal ObamaCare's requirement that most people carry health insurance.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin HatchGOP eyes new push to break up California court Overnight Defense: Senate to vote on defense picks Friday | 41 detainees left at Gitmo | North Korea may be prepping missile launch Congressional leaders unite to protect consumers MORE (R-Utah), and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate committee vote on DeVos postponed Cheney calls for DeVos to be confirmed ‘promptly’ With Trump pick Tom Price, cool heads can prevail on health reform MORE (R-Tenn.) reintroduced the American Liberty Restoration Act on Wednesday, along with 20 other senators.

The measure would stop the government from enforcing the individual mandate upon its passage. The requirement went into effect in 2014, and this tax season is the first time some will have to pay a fine for remaining uninsured.

Alexander suggested that the individual mandate was inappropriate given the plaintiffs' argument in King v. Burwell, a case that challenges the validity of subsidies issued on the federal exchanges.

“How can we continue to enforce the individual mandate when the law doesn’t clearly ensure that millions of Americans are allowed to receive subsidies to help cover the cost?" Alexander said in a statement.

"How can we enforce it when ObamaCare outlaws plans that fit family budgets? Millions more Americans are in for sticker shock when they see how much they owe the IRS in April because of ObamaCare."

The bill died in committee last Congress but has a chance of passing the Senate now that Republicans control the chamber.

Repealing the individual mandate would essentially gut the healthcare law by making the insurance exchanges unworkable.