Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is pushing to keep alive the idea ofincluding a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in thetax overhaul plan, even as House Republicans struggle with how toaddress an issue that threatens to complicate the tax debate.

At a news conference Tuesday, Cruz said it’s vital to use thetax legislation to end the mandate that all Americans have healthinsurance or pay a penalty. If nothing else, he said, doing so willin effect be a tax cut for the 6.5 million Americans who now pay apenalty because they don’t have health insurance coverage.

“I think it’s critical to make this end,” he said of themandate.

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