Frelinghuysen Moves to Destabilize ACA Marketplace

In early May, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) voted for a Republican “healthcare” bill that would uninsure 23 million Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and more than a half million New Jerseyans, according to New Jersey Policy Perspective.

Now, instead of merely riding the uninsurance train, Mr. Frelinghuysen is helping to drive it. As chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, he is green-lighting sabotage of the existing individual market for health insurance.

The Financial Services Subcommittee of Appropriations, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) has approved a spending bill with a provision that would bar the IRS from enforcing the ACA’s requirement that those who can afford health insurance procure it or pay penalty — the so-called individual mandate.

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