How Donald Trump Shot Down Obamacare With the Senate Tax Reform Bill

With one simple move, the tax reform bill passed by Senate Republicans Saturday could herald the beginning of the end of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

The new bill repeals Obamacare's key requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance. Policy experts say that removing the mandate will force insurance premiums to rise, as young and healthy Americans opt out, leaving millions of Americans without healthcare.

“It’s going to take a bunch of healthy people out of the insurance market,” Craig Garthwaite , director of the healthcare program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, told Reuters.

Obamacare “is going to collapse even more now,” he said.

Without the mandate, health insurance premiums would rise 10 percent in most years over the next decade on the individual market and 13 million people would lose coverage by 2027, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report last month.

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