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 JohnsonRemembering Tom Coburn's quiet persistence Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner GOP seeks up to 0 billion to maximize financial help to airlines, other impacted industries 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 CruzFlorida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops Ted Cruz jokes about quarantine boredom, 'Tiger King' Trump faces mounting pressure to unleash Defense Production Act MORE (Texas), John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOvernight Energy: House stimulus aims to stem airline pollution | Environmental measures become sticking point in Senate talks | Progressives propose T 'green stimulus' GOP blames environmental efforts, but Democrats see public health problems with stimulus Rand Paul's coronavirus diagnosis sends shockwaves through Senate MORE (Wyo.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerRomney says he tested negative for coronavirus, will remain in quarantine Senate GOP super PAC books more than million in fall ads The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Markets expected to plunge amid partisan squabbling MORE (Colo.).

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

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchBottom line Bottom line Trump administration backs Oracle in Supreme Court battle against Google MORE (R-Utah), whose committee has jurisdiction on health care and taxes, has expressed interest in another delay.