Senate Republicans will try to repeal a core piece of Obamacare in their massive tax bill

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Even as Republicans embark on their attempt to overhaul the federal tax code, the fight over the future of the Affordable Care Act is again coming to the forefront.

Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday said the massive tax bill in the chamber would include the repeal of a key part of the healthcare law to free up more money for tax cuts.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that it would be “helpful” to include the repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in the tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

Other members of GOP leadership, Sens. John Thune and John Cornyn , also told reporters that the mandate repeal would be included in the bill.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Orrin Hatch, who crafted the Senate’s TCJA, told reporters Tuesday that the mandate’s repeal was still on the table. During a hearing on the legislation, Hatch told committee members that the mandate repeal was not in the current version of the bill but demurred on whether it would be included a later version.

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