After failing this year to repeal and replace Obamacare, House Republicans are angling to puttaxes that are part of the health law onhold.

Measures proposed in the House Ways and Means Committee onTuesday would cut some Affordable Care Act taxes for healthinsurers, drugmakers and medical-device makers. Patients, too,would benefit from the changes, which are likely to be attached toan end-of-year spending bill.

Lawmakers want to delay for another two years an annual feethat health insurers must pay based on market share. The fee, whichinsurers have passed on to consumers by raising premiums, wasdelayed in 2017 but set to take effect once again in 2018, leadinginsurers to include it in next year’s rates. A bill introduced byRepublican Kristi Noem of South Dakota would extend relief from thetax for another year for insurers who give patients rebates. Thetax cut would continue through 2019.

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