Ryan Says Health Insurance Mandate Part of GOP Tax Talks

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans are discussing whether their tax plan should include a repeal of the Obama health law’s requirement that people have insurance coverage.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that repealing that requirement — known as the individual mandate — would save $416 billion over a decade.

The mandate provides a powerful incentive for people to get coverage before health problems arise.

But the money represents a tempting revenue source for GOP tax-writers whose tax plan would add an estimated $1.5 trillion over 10 years to the national debt.

Ryan told Fox News on Sunday that “a lot of members are suggesting” that the tax plan repeal the individual mandate.