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 JohnsonSen. Ron Johnson: Straight from the horse's mouth Senate Democrats' super PAC releases million ad buy against Ron Johnson Barnes rakes in almost 0K after Johnson enters Wisconsin Senate race 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 says he raised record .2M since launching campaign for Texas governor Golden State Warriors owner says 'nobody cares' about Uyghurs All hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor MORE (Texas), John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoMcConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks Senate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection Biden's court picks face fierce GOP opposition MORE (Wyo.) and Cory GardnerCory GardnerEleven interesting races to watch in 2022 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules Gun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA MORE (Colo.).

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

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMeet Washington's most ineffective senator: Joe Manchin Lobbying world Congress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage MORE (R-Utah), whose committee has jurisdiction on health care and taxes, has expressed interest in another delay.