Republican senators introduce Mandate Relief Act of 2017

A U.S. senator from Pennsylvania wants to get rid of a penalty for not having health insurance.

Senator Pat Toomey announced Tuesday he's co-sponsoring a bill called the "Mandate Relief Act of 2017."

It's aimed at letting some Americans avoid the "individual mandate" tax imposed under Obamacare.

That rule is meant to encourage healthy people to sign up for health insurance and stabilize the marketplace.

But Toomey says it's cruel because most of the people paying it are lower-income Americans.

His bill would exempt several groups of people from the individual mandate including those who earn less than the national median household income. 

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