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A group of House Republicans unveiled a 192-page health care plan that fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with “patient-centered reforms” and “free-market solutions“.

We quote from a report in the Daily Signal:

Lawmakers released the plan Thursday as the GOP-led Congress prepares to attack the Affordable Care Act. Both houses of Congress have already signaled their intentions to repeal Obamacare by a simple majority vote using the reconciliation process — just as the law was passed in 2010.

The new GOP plan, American Health Care Reform Act, was written by Reps. Phil Roe of Tennessee and Austin Scott of Georgia. It has the backing of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus made up of nearly 170 members of the House of Representatives.

Authors of the plan say it’s an “aspirational model” of American health care.

“This is not the perfect bill,” said Roe, who worked as a physician for more than 20 years prior to joining Congress. “We’re open for amendments”.

Highlights of the bill include removing any subsidy assistance, increasing tax benefits, expanding federal funding for state “high-risk pools”, allowing Americans to purchase policies across state lines, reforming medical liability laws, and investing in research for the most common causes of death in the United States. …

While introducing the legislation to a small group of reporters, members of the Republican Study Committee slammed the Affordable Care Act.“Access to a waiting line is not access to health care,” said Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky. He called Obamacare a “spectacular and breathtaking failure”. 

“American citizens are suffering from the president’s broken promises under the unaffordable Obamacare law,” Scott added. “That’s why today, I am proud to join my colleagues in offering a plan that fully repeals Obamacare while replacing it with a patient-centered, free-market alternative.”

The American Health Care Reform Act covers four broad areas:

1) Encouraging Competition in the Health Care Market. The Republican Study Committee criticized the Affordable Care Act for not offering competition in health care.

“There’s less competition in the health care system than ever before,” Scott said.

The proposed legislation addresses this issue by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance products across state lines. Small businesses also are permitted to merge together to coordinate better rates.

Scott said adding more insurance carriers into the health care market is paramount to providing more competition.

2) Improving Access for Vulnerable Americans. Federal support for state high-risk pools will increase to $25 billion over 10 years.

Under the bill, premiums would be capped at 200 percent of the state’s premium average. Additionally, those with pre-existing conditions can alternate between health insurance markets, provided they maintain “continuous coverage”.

Roe said veterans would be positively impacted and would receive a Veterans Choice Card, providing more health care options.

3) Supporting Medical Breakthroughs. The bill provides funding for an eight-year, $15 billion Medical Breakthrough Fund at the National Institutes of Health to develop cures for the top five causes of death in the United States: heart disease, cancer, strokes, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. These conditions kill more than 1.5 million people each year. …

4) Reforming Medical Liability Laws. The bill identifies several solutions to the medical liability crisis, which increases health care costs and deters physicians from practicing, according to lawmakers.

All good stuff. But what are the chances that Obama will sign the bill into law?

  • Don L

    Evryone knows it: “The road to hell is paved with…all together now…good intentions.”. Plans that are patches on top of patches and stuck down with gum and bailing wire. The Repub groups attempt at INSURANCE ( which is not healthcare) and tort reform is great but doomed.

    I wonder how many of the 170 are career-oriented? Near all I would guesstimate. That means some significant amount of their campaign their campaign funding derives from the healt industry…since it is a significant part of the economy. I do not hear cries from the healt industry about the state of affairs. I only hear it from consumers.

    Say, since consent of the governed has disappeared into the darkened halls of government…well, you really think a bill will pass; or, if it does it actually includes anything they say now for us’n idiot voters? LOL.

    I still have my fingers crossed on DR. Rand Paul…free market adherent…
    please, please, please…reveal some serious defense posture too!!!

    • liz

      Well, I’m sure it’s far from perfect, but compared to obamacrap, it’s a vision of magnificence, in my opinion!!!!

      • Don L

        If a nickel is a nickel and a dime is a dime…I’d sing another chorus, but I haven’t got the time! If a tin whistle is made of tin, What then the foghorn?

        Her red scarf matches her eyes. She closed the cover before striking. Father had the shipfitter blues; loving her has made me bananas!

        That’s all I have to say. Chewing gum on the bedpost overnight, really? Hmmph.

        • What?

          • Don L

            LOL. The 1st and last paragraph are lyrics from a late 1950s song “Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost over night. The middle lines are lyrics excerpted from a Spike Jones song, 40s-50’s band leader; the title escapes me.

            It was my attempted comical reply to Liz’s first reply to me. It is information not needed. Six million comics out of work and I’m trying to be funny.

      • Don L

        OK…more to say:

        “Roe said veterans would be positively impacted and would receive a Veterans Choice Card, providing more health care options.” The cards went out end of 2014. No external providers have shown up…no pay, no play. The problem with the VA system is that it is a bureaucracy…bureau…
        bureaucrats…policy not patient driven. It is a microcosm of the nightmare political-planning makes.

        “3) Supporting Medical Breakthroughs.” Hello….Solyndra…
        supporting blah, blah, blah. Guaranteed there are crony pharma companies and all manner of quid pro quo attached here!

        “2) Improving Access for Vulnerable Americans.” I wonder who’s planning made access difficult in the first place? Take a guess. Repubs and Dems in bipartison legislation. Which means everybody got some campaign money. Compromise is the art of taking a good idea, supposing there is one, and making it less good while taking a bad idea, most politcal ideas are bad, and making it more acceptable. The result is failure. Hands across the aisle means, “C’mon, we used to both get paid.”.

        “1) Encouraging Competition in the Health Care Market” Like 2 above, they broke it. They keep breaking it evrey time they try to fix it. Every fix fills the war chests. They fix it over and over. Not only does nothing get better, it gets worse! No, they aren’t crazy. They are getting away with it. We are crazy (not me or we’n here on TAC) for electing these criminals and the dangerously ignorant time-after-time.

        As you said, they are professional at it, it SOUNDS good. Do you think they’re going to make it sound as what it is…BS?Ludwig von Mises’s first rule for economists is to tell government what they CANNOT do. Fixing the health system requires government withdrawal; not more plans from those who take self-serve very seriously. Gov’t ain’t no Wal-Mart…that works..

        • liz

          Well, yeah, but here’s the key words for me: “repeal Obamacare”, “free-market solutions”, and “tort reforms”, “removing any subsidy assistance”, “purchase across state lines”, etc..
          But not ” expanding federal subsidies”.

          • Don L

            The 2014 midterms were amazing: expanded the majority in the House; retook the Senate dramatically. All based on the sounds of “We are going to repeal ObamaCrap…We don’t care if he vetos it and we don’t have a veto proof majority…We can then show how ‘F’ up he is and they are.” Sounded good…did nothing; not doing anything. It was the Repubs, including the new hard-charging conservatives. That’s all I’m saying.

            If it’s all screwed up…it’s because the 545 want it all screwed up.

            • liz

              You’re right about those 545, sounding good and doing nothing, I must admit.
              I’ll go ahead and keep my reservations at the funny farm…what was I thinking?

            • Don L

              oo ee oo ahah ting tang wallawalla bing bang…I wonder if she’ll know of the purple people eater?

              I know Liz, We key on the words and forget they get introduced to “Welcome to Congress. Wanna stay Here? Here’s what you have to do. First, forget about ethics and promises. Discover the FED funding. All your kids and relatives will love ya fer it!”