GOP Release Obamacare Replacement Plan

Democrats and their 90% Liberal media partners have long complained that the GOP has no plan to replace Obamacare. Well, two points: first, why is it necessary to have a plan to replace a bad plan? Second, the GOP actually has several different plans to replace Ocare, and have never been able to get together to craft a full replacement plan. Most of the plans are actually pretty close in content, so this may be the starting point to craft a full GOP legislative replacement piece, now that the GOP controls both branches of Congress

(Fox News) Congressional Republicans are unveiling what they say is a new plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but the ‘blueprint,’ as they call it, looks an awful lot like what’s been floated before.

The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment – or CARE – Act was crafted by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.

The first bicameral proposal of the 114th Congress calls for the outright repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law, and with that, the individual mandate to buy insurance or pay a fine.

It provides for targeted tax credits to individuals and families up to 300 percent above the poverty line to encourage people to buy plans in the market place.

It also allows insurers to sell plans across state lines and caps the amount of monetary damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice litigation.

Like the Affordable Care Act, dependents are able to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans until they’re 26, and no one can be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions – although this plan calls for a specific ‘continuous coverage’ protection where individuals moving from one plan to another cannot be denied.

There are many more parts to this. I’d recommend reading the article in full, as well as the link to “proposal” in the excerpt, which leads to the press release.

One thing noticeably absent are nationwide insurance pools, which, at a minimum, should be allowed to create pools for individuals and small businesses in order to bring down costs, making sure that there are quite a few healthy people to offset those who aren’t.

Much of it is still about government empowerment, which is a main complaint about Ocare. However, it moves much of that power to State government choice, which is a good thing.

It would also “reduce distortions in the tax code that drive up health care costs”, such as “cap the exclusion of an employee’s employer-provided health coverage”.

There would be “targeted tax credits to help buy health care” for small business and individuals”.

It does away with mandates and most of the noxious issues with Obamacare.

If these proposals sound familiar it’s because most of them are. Many are based on an outline pitched last year by Burr, Hatch, and former Senator Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

“One of the reasons that you don’t see massive changes is we thought we had a decent product last year based on feedback as we’ve talked with governors, with industry,” an aide familiar with the plan said. “A lot of industry frankly thinks this is a very durable sustainable, credible alternative from a market perspective, and they think it’s operationally viable.”

If the ideas are viable, why come up with new ones? Of course, we probably should not expect a massive push anytime soon

“Let’s all be realistic, the president, who the law is named after, he’s not repealing his bill. So what we are doing is putting a very credible idea out there because what our bosses were sick and tired of hearing is the Republicans have no ideas,” one aide said.

I suspect that we’ll probably start seeing this truly debated in the House and Senate sometime either between late spring 2016 and September 2016, that way the plan is detailed in full, and ready to pass if a Republican wins the White House. Personally, I think the GOP should craft the full legislation now and vote on it. Have it ready to go.

The original idea of Ocare was a good way: finding a way to make it so the tens of millions without health insurance were able to obtain health insurance. From there, it degenerated into the monstrosity we see now. Health insurance reform is a good idea. Involving the Central Government so much in our private lives regarding not just health insurance, but health care, is a Bad Idea.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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8 Responses to “GOP Release Obamacare Replacement Plan”

  1. John says:

    Maybe you should recheck your analysis on this
    The affordable Care Act wasn’t named after Obama
    The house bill is going no where that waste of time is why the GOP congress has approval ratings of 16%

  2. John says:

    What happened yo your death panels? You promised us death panels . I want to know how many grannies have been killed

  3. david7134 says:

    John,
    Do you have any idea what is in the ACA? Do you have any idea how the many agencies are going to interpret the law and how many regulations will be forced on hospitals, doctors and patients? As to death panels, they are there. I have told you that before but you can’t seem to understand. Can you read?

  4. gitarcarver says:

    The affordable Care Act wasn’t named after Obama

    Yet Obama has embraced the name calling it “ObamaCare” himself. Are you saying that the man wants to have something attributed to him he does not deserve?

    What happened yo your death panels? You promised us death panels

    I want to know where the alleged health care savings people like you and Obama promised. Obama said in 2009 that the ACA would cost about 900 billion over 10 years. A recent CBO report now places that figure at 1.9 TRILLION dollars over the same period of time.

    I know you are mathematically challenged, but a trillion is larger than a billion.

    Where’s the savings, john?

  5. Deserttrek says:

    only cowards, thieves and abusers of children and the elderly agree with obamacare

  6. Jeffery says:

    Taking you at your word (a risky proposition), you claim the ACA will have an average cost of a mere $190 billion a year over the next 10 years.

    I know you are ethically challenged, and cannot be trusted with “factual” information.

    Where’s the citation, gitar?

  7. gitarcarver says:

    Jeffery,

    Once again you have comprehension issues.

    BTW – since you decided that Teach lied over $165, what do you think Obama’s ACA costing one trillion dollars more than he promised?

    Or is being consistent not one of your strong points?

    Nevermind. We all know the answer to that question.

  8. Jeffery says:

    I didn’t “decide” anything. Mr. Teach was mistaken, clearly, and admitted as much. I pointed it out. You claimed the mistake wasn’t a mistake. Did you admit you were wrong? That’s right, you ran and hid for a time.

    Where’s the citation, gitar?

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