Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to agree to smashObamacare's individual mandate may remove one obstacle to passingthe Senate Republican tax bill next week.

“I believe that the federal government should not force anyoneto buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid beingtaxed,” she wrote in an op-ed in Alaska's Daily News-Minernewspaper posted online Tuesday.

Murkowski didn't mention the tax bill in the article. But shepreviously said she preferred not to mix it with health care, andshe was one of three mavericks who killed the GOP's Obamacarerepeal efforts earlier this year.

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