Top tax writer says ObamaCare could be part of 'extenders' bill

Top tax writer says ObamaCare could be part of 'extenders' bill
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A two-year delay of the "Cadillac tax" and the medical device tax in ObamaCare may be added to a bill that renews expired tax breaks for two years, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyBusinesses, states pass on Trump payroll tax deferral Trump order on drug prices faces long road to finish line On The Money: US deficit hits trillion amid pandemic | McConnell: Chance for relief deal 'doesn't look that good' | House employees won't have payroll taxes deferred MORE said Tuesday.

"Clearly, we're moving forward with the two-year extension and considering adding a medical device and a Cadillac tax pause on there," he said, adding that the decision will be made before the bill is taken up by the House Rules Committee on a to-be-determined date.

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Brady (R-Texas) released a two-year "tax extenders" bill on Monday night as a back-up plan in case Congress and the White House are unable to reach an agreement that makes some tax breaks permanent. 

Lawmakers are considering pauses in the Cadillac and medical device taxes as part of a broader deal, but the initial text of the two-year legislation does not contain those provisions.

The two-year bill's focus is "ensuring Americans that before we leave, we will do our work on these tax extenders," Brady said. "The clock is ticking, it has to be done, it must be done."

He said that negotiations on a bigger bill are continuing.