Lawmakers in the House reached a deal Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill and a package of tax breaks that includes a tentative agreement to delay the Affordable Care Act's controversial Cadillac tax by two years, suspend the medical device tax through 2017 and delay the ACA's fee on health insurers for one year, the New York Times reports.
Delaying the fee on health insurers would be a major win for the industry and cost the federal government $12 billion in 2017, FierceHealthPayer has reported.
Republicans hope the tentative alterations to the healthcare law will set a precedent for future efforts to alter the ACA, according to the article. As Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) put it: "We have a real opportunity to significantly reduce Obamacare's tax burdens." Article