Democrats on Tuesday found a new way to argue that the GOP tax bill will hurt the middle class when Republicans announced their legislation would eliminate Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.
“Tens of millions of middle class families will pay higher taxes under the GOP tax scam, and now Republicans want to force them to pay higher health premiums too,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Republicans’ addiction to repealing the Affordable Care Act and raising Americans’ health costs makes a terrible tax bill downright deadly.”
Republicans announced Tuesday they would add the mandate repeal to the tax plan, a move that would add $338 billion in federal revenue.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the move would lead to 13 million fewer people enrolled in Obamacare.
“They’re so determined to provide tax giveaways to the rich that they’re willing to raise premiums on millions of middle-class Americans and kick 13 million people off their health care,” Schumer said of the GOP plan.