Lindsey O. Graham

GOP's repeal of insurance mandate could backfire

Getting rid of the Affordable Care Act's highly unpopular penalty for not having health insurance could backfire on Republicans, prompting significant premium increases if it were actually to pass.

One of the main reasons GOP lawmakers have given in their quest to overturn "Obamacare" is that they want to lower premiums for people who buy individual health insurance policies, particularly constituents who get no help from the law's tax credits. Some states are facing a second year of double-digit hikes.

"There is no doubt whatsoever that premiums in the individual insurance market would go up," said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family...