GOP senators push for delay of ObamaCare insurer tax

GOP senators push for delay of ObamaCare insurer tax
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDemocratic Homeland Security members request additional DHS nominee testimony Key differences between the Senate and House tax plans Senate panel delays vote on Trump’s Homeland Security pick MORE (R-Wis.) and 10 Senate Republicans introduced a bill Tuesday to delay an ObamaCare insurer tax before it goes into effect next year.

The health insurance tax, a fee on insurance companies to help pay for health care subsidies, is slated to return in 2018 after a one-year hiatus. 

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“With the faulty architecture of Obamacare continuing to burden middle class families, this legislation would provide relief from Obamacare’s health insurance tax that serves to further increase skyrocketing premiums,” Johnson said in a statement.  

“I will continue to look for solutions to reform our broken health care system.”

The bid came as Republicans abandoned their latest plan to repeal ObamaCare.

The bill is co-sponsored by 10 Republicans, including Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE (Texas), John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThis week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul Dissent is democratic: Stop calling McCain, Corker, Flake RINOs The farm bill presents a chance to lighten the regulatory burden of farmers MORE (Wyo.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report Don't blame 'megadonors' for the GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare MORE (Colo.).

The tax was in place from 2014 through 2016, then delayed by Congress through 2017. 

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRead Senate GOP's tax bill Senate panel to start tax bill markup on Monday Senate set for clash with House on tax bill MORE (R-Utah), whose committee has jurisdiction on health care and taxes, has expressed interest in another delay.