Healthcare

GOP senators push for delay of ObamaCare insurer tax

Sen. Ron Johnson (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.

"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 Cruz (Texas), John Barrasso (Wyo.) and Cory Gardner (Colo.).

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

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), whose committee has jurisdiction on health care and taxes, has expressed interest in another delay.

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