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Murkowski Rejects Claims She Is Undercutting Obamacare

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By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 03:06 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, defended her vote for the Republican tax reform bill that includes language that would repeal the Obamacare individual mandate.

She rejected claims that she is undercutting the Affordable Care Act in a question-and-answer video on YouTube.

"I think it's important that people really look to what is included in this bill when it relates to the Affordable Care Act and to get beyond the scare tactics and the rhetoric that is designed to just instill fear and paranoia in people," Murkowski said.

The only part of the tax bill that mentions Obamacare is the repeal of a penalty that users would pay if they had no coverage, she said.

"What this bill does is say if you can't afford healthcare coverage, or if you don't see that value in it, we're not going to fine you. It doesn't impact the ACA (Affordable Care Act) in any other way. If you receive a subsidy for your health-care insurance before this tax bill passes you will still be able to receive a subsidy after," Murkowski said in the video.

Murkowski also credited a bipartisan bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., saying it would help stabilize the market by providing money for insurer payments.

"It is my understanding that as part of the negotiation, not only has the Senate leadership committed that we will advance Alexander-Murray, but the president has indicated that support as well, so prior to the end of this year, I think we can anticipate that we will see that piece inserted as well," she said.

That the tax reform bill "guts" the ACA is "simply inaccurate," Murkowski said in the video.

The Alaska senator will be added to the House-Senate tax bill reconciliation committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday, according to The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, defended her vote for the Republican tax reform bill that includes language that would repeal the Obamacare individual mandate.
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