Ryan says health insurance mandate part of GOP tax talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 or pay a penalty.

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 tells "Fox News Sunday" that "a lot of members are suggesting" that the tax plan repeal the individual mandate.

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