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Derick Dirmaier

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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Sunday said the White House is all right with taking a provision to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate out of Senate Republicans’ tax bill if the provision is “an impediment” to its passage.

“If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill, and have a tax bill that is still a good tax bill that can pass, that’s great,” Mulvaney said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Mulvaney said that if the provision “becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can, then we’re okay with taking it out.”

“So I think it’s up to the Senate and the House to sort of hammer out those details,” he said.

“As of now, do you think it’s an impediment?” Jake Tapper asked.

“I don’t, actually,” Mulvaney said.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), one of three senators who voted against the Senate’s previous unsuccessful effort to repeal Obamacare, on Sunday said she has not yet decided whether to vote against the tax bill that includes the repeal provision.

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As his administration has steadily chipped away at the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that the public will blame the Democratic Party for any health care fallout.

Now, as Republicans in Congress inch towards striking what could be the biggest blow yet to Obamacare—sticking a provision repealing the individual mandate into their tax bill—even some on the right are starting to sweat that the GOP will fully own the issue going forward. This is an annotation

“You can make an argument that Obamacare is falling of its own weight, until we repeal the individual mandate,” a grave-faced Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters in the halls of the Capitol on Thursday. “I hope every Republican knows that when you pass a repeal of the individual mandate, it’s no longer their problem. It becomes our problem.”

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It just became a lot easier for Republicans to kill Obamacare’s individual mandate.

Sen. Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK), who has been largely quiet since she helped squash Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, on Tuesday wrote an op-ed in a local Alaska paper announcing her support for gutting the individual mandate through the tax bill.

“I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy, in order to avoid being taxed,” she wrote.

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The Sox seem like a lock for the AL East crown, but questions for the postseason still remain: Who starts Game 2? What will David Price bring to the table? Will the lack of homers from the offense come back to haunt Boston? Of course, Drew Pomeranz could be a stud, Price could be this year’s version of Andrew Miller out of the bullpen, Mookie Betts could keep tearing the cover off the ball and the above questions could seem pretty dumb by the end of October.

The Sox seem like a lock for the AL East crown, but questions for the postseason still remain: Who starts Game 2? What will David Price bring to the table? Will the lack of homers from the offense come back to haunt Boston? Of course, Drew Pomeranz could be a stud, Price could be this year’s version of Andrew Miller out of the bullpen, Mookie Betts could keep tearing the cover off the ball and the above questions could seem pretty dumb by the end of October.

The Sox seem like a lock for the AL East crown, but questions for the postseason still remain: Who starts Game 2? What will David Price bring to the table? Will the lack of homers from the offense come back to haunt Boston? Of course, Drew Pomeranz could be a stud, Price could be this year’s version of Andrew Miller out of the bullpen, Mookie Betts could keep tearing the cover off the ball and the above questions could seem pretty dumb by the end of October.

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