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 JohnsonOvernight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — FDA restricts sales of flavored e-cigs | Proposes ban on menthol in tobacco | Left wants vote on single-payer bill in new Congress | More than 12k lost Medicaid in Arkansas Commerce Department IG to audit Trump's tariff exemptions Trump trip to rural Wisconsin highlights GOP’s turnout concern 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 CruzO'Rourke writes blog post describing a literal run from near the capitol to near the White House Cruz brushes off question about campaign claim on O'Rourke paying for caravan Texas New Members 2019 MORE (Texas), John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — House, Senate leaders named as Pelosi lobbies for support to be Speaker The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Leadership elections in Congress | Freshman lawmakers arrive | Trump argues he can restrict reporter access Ernst elected to Senate GOP leadership MORE (Wyo.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerElection Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Trump, California battle over climate and cause of fires The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Dems prepare to aggressively wield new oversight powers MORE (Colo.).

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

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchUtah New Members 2019 Congress braces for high-drama lame duck Trump to award Medal of Freedom to Babe Ruth, Elvis, Scalia, Hatch MORE (R-Utah), whose committee has jurisdiction on health care and taxes, has expressed interest in another delay.