The move to repeal the individual mandate as part of the Senate legislation is projected to result in 13 million uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The individual mandate may be the most unpopular ACA provision, as it requires everyone to have ACA-compliant insurance or pay a tax penalty. Some Republicans recognize this, as they voted down legislation that repealed the ACA in the past. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and John McCain voted against a bill that temporary repealed the individual mandate. Sen. McCain voted against the so-called skinny repeal bill because of the irregular process; Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell had released text to the Health Care Freedom Act just hours before the vote.
So far, these members will not commit to voting against a tax reform bill that includes repealing the individual mandate, according to one Bloomberg reporter:
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