ACA funding tied to tax bill may never appear, even if Congress OKs it

Sen. Susan Collins' ACA changes may not make much of a difference. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Even if congressional Republicans agree to help stabilize the Affordable Care Act in order to secure the votes for their tax overhaul, those stabilization efforts might not end up taking effect, conservative policy analyst Chris Jacobs argues at The Federalist.

Why it matters: Sen. Susan Collins has insisted that the Senate pass two health care bills, to try to make up for the premium increases caused by repealing the ACA's individual mandate in their tax overhaul. But it's far from clear that either measure could become law — or that they'd actually help, even if they do pass.