CBO: Repealing ObamaCare mandate saves $338 billion

Repealing ObamaCare's individual mandate will save $338 billion over 10 years, according to a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.  

The analysis comes as some Republicans are pushing for repealing the mandate within tax-reform legislation, as a way to help pay for tax cuts. That idea has met resistance from some Republican leaders who do not want to mix up health care and taxes, though. 
 
The CBO had come under fire on Tuesday from Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Another chance to seek the return of fiscal sanity to the halls of Congress Trump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril MORE (R-Utah), who slammed the agency after Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Markets roiled by Trump's new tariff threat | Trump lashes out at Canada over trade | Warren looks to block Trump pick for consumer agency 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families MORE (R-La.) told The Hill that he had been informed that the CBO was changing its analysis of the mandate to find significantly less savings. 
 
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The CBO said Wednesday that it is in fact changing the way it analyzes the mandate, but said it is holding off on making those changes because the work is not complete. 
 
That decision is a boost to Republicans who want to repeal the mandate in tax reform, because it means there are still significant savings to be had from repealing the mandate. 
 
Including mandate repeal still faces long odds, though. 
 
Without the mandate, more people are uninsured, which saves the government money when it pays out less in subsidies. 
 
The CBO said it would provide a more detailed analysis later on Wednesday, including how many more people would be uninsured. 
 
Repealing the mandate could also destabilize health insurance markets by removing an incentive for healthy people to enroll.