Today I am announcing my intention to amend the Senate tax bill to repeal the individual mandate and provide bigger tax cuts for middle income taxpayers.The mandate repeal is a promise we all made and we should keep. It also allows an additional $300 billion+ in tax cuts.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 14, 2017

Threat level: GOP leaders know this would make tax reform substantially harder to pass, because it would leave millions of people uninsured, and we learned during repeal-and-replace that that's a problem for at least a few Republican senators. The question is whether Republicans fear their base too much to actually vote against Paul's amendment before it has a chance to weigh down the rest of the tax bill.

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