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As National GOP Prepares to Repeal Obamacare Mandate, CT Considers Reinstating It

December 18, 2017 By Staff
As National GOP Prepares to Repeal Obamacare Mandate, CT Considers Reinstating It

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) told Politico that Connecticut may consider a state-level mandate to buy health insurance if the GOP repeals it at the national level.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) wants to save Obamacare.

Wyman spoke to Politico recently about her efforts to boost the controversial health care law, and one of those options includes a state-level individual mandate to buy health insurance, according to Wyman herself.

From Rachana Pradhan of Politico:

“If you get rid of the individual mandate, it’s bad for everything,” said Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, a Democrat who chairs the board of the state’s Obamacare exchange.

Wyman earlier this year convened a group with four state legislators to study how Connecticut could prevent people from losing coverage if Congress gutted Obamacare. She said they haven’t thoroughly deliberated a state-level mandate, but she believes they’ll consider the option.

“Everybody is looking at ways to see … how we could come up with a plan for ourselves,” she said.

The individual mandate under Obamacare requires most individuals to have health insurance or otherwise pay a fine. In 2017, that fine is $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever is higher.

The GOP repeals the individual mandate in its new tax cut bill that’s expected to pass the House and Senate this week. If the bill passes both houses and is signed by the president, expect some Democrats, including Wyman, to push for a Connecticut individual mandate in 2018.