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Sen. Portman Supports Changing Obamacare Through Tax Bill

a photo of Senator Rob Portman

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator, Rob Portman, says he supports making changes to the Affordable Care Act through the tax bill in the works in Congress. 

A proposal in the Senate would end the individual mandate, which levies a tax on people who don’t have health insurance. 

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Portman said he’s not a fan. 

“I’m okay with repealing it, I’ve supported that in the past. Frankly, I would have preferred to repeal it as part of a broader healthcare reform bill.”

If the mandate goes, Portman said, he’d be prepared to vote yes on a separate measure to ensure subsidies for insurance companies for two years.