It’s not Obamacare lite….it’s Obamacare gone. That’s the word from Republican lawmakers as they unveiled their long-awaited plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. So, what’s inside the new plan? Let’s take a look at what people across the country are saying.
House Republicans on Monday released long-anticipated legislation to supplant the Affordable Care Act with a more conservative vision for the nation’s health-care system, replacing federal insurance subsidies with a new form of individual tax credits and grants to help states shape their own policies.
Under two bills drafted by separate House committees, the government would no longer penalize Americans for failing to have health insurance but would try to encourage people to maintain coverage by allowing insurers to impose a surcharge of 30 percent for those who have a gap between health plans.
The Left will be pleased to know that this replacement does not get rid of the popular Obamacare provision that prohibits insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or the one that allows adults under the age of 26 to be covered by their parents’ plans.
However, many of the key arrangements of former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation would be undone.
According to CNBC, the newly dubbed “American Health Care Act” would “create refundable tax credits for the purchase of insurance to replace Obamacare premiums subsidies. The tax credits would range from $2,000 per person for those in their 20s to $4,000 for those in their 60s. Like Obamacare subsidies, the House GOP tax credits would phase out for those with higher incomes; the House bill begins reducing them for those earning above $75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for couples.”
Closer to home, KTAR News Radio in Phoenix said:
House Republicans released their plan to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law on Monday, a package that would scale back the government’s role in health care and likely leave more Americans uninsured.
House committees plan to begin voting on the 123-page legislation Wednesday, launching what could be the year’s defining battle in Congress.
If the voting on the ACA doesn’t go the Republicans way and it is later repealed instead of replaced, approximately $9.3 million a year for the Prevention and Public Health Fund could be in jeopardy, according to Cara Christ,director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
“These programs are public health programs that actually benefit all Arizonans,” she said.
Keep in mind – this is a 123 page document so there is no way to cover all of the elements and nuances in a single blog post. However, we wanted to make sure you have an idea of how various national media outlets are looking at it…and how it’s being viewed here at home.
Whether you love it, hate it, believe it will help or hurt – it’s clear this will be much talked about and debated in the weeks to come. We want to hear what you think about it. Generating thoughtful and meaningful conversations around major health issues, like the new ‘American Health Care Act,’ is critical to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!