KOMMONSENTSJANE – A NEW HEALTH CARE PLAN AND NO OBAMACARE BAILOUT


Well folks, it finally came to pass – A NEW 192 page HEALTH CARE PLAN!  Congratulations to these brave folks.

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.”

“American citizens are suffering from the president’s broken promises under the unaffordable Obamacare law,” says @AustinScottGA08

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.

There is nothing in the legislation that requires health plans to provide coverage for abortion services. Using federal funds to pay for elective abortions is specifically prohibited, except in the case of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is jeopardized.
Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., author of the Republican Study Committee’s health reform bill. (Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., author of the Republican Study Committee’s health reform bill. (Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

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.

There’s also a $1 billion prize for the first FDA-approved cure or vaccine for Alzheimer’s.

“Alzheimer’s costs a lot, and I’m not talking about just dollars,” said Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who noted that finding a vaccine for Alzheimer’s would save the government a significant amount of money.

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.

Solutions include requiring review by an independent panel prior to malpractice discovery and a “voluntary right of removal to federal court so long as there is a federal payer or a federal statute.” Barr said that this reform increases the quality of care by establishing national guidelines for physicians to follow and helps reduce “frivolous lawsuits.”

The legislation wouldn’t replace the current subsidy structure that exists under the Affordable Care Act, which provides aid to those who cannot afford health insurance.

Regardless, Barr claimed the House bill’s provisions are preferable to a subsidy.

“We are doing something better than the status quo before Obamacare and under Obamacare,” Barr said. “We give patients choices.”

 

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NOW:

No Obamacare Bailout

This leader had made a number of TV appearances threatening the Supreme Court if they vote in the people’s favor instead of this rogue leader.  This leader needs to be slapped down to his level.

If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare’s illegal subsides, Republicans should demand full repeal.

Later this month, the Supreme Court will release its decision on King vs. Burwell, which could strike a devastating blow to Obamacare.

If the Court says the subsides given to states without state exchanges are unlawful, millions of Americans will see exactly how expensive Obamacare and all of its coverage mandates truly are.

It will be further proof that this law is unaffordable, unworkable, and unfair … and should be immediately repealed!

Unfortunately, there are a number of Senate Republicans who are already planning to surrender and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

These Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), believe that they should SAVE Obamacare by amending the law to affirmatively extend the subsidies to every state.

This would be the ultimate betrayal of the voters who gave them the majority last year after they promised to repeal Obamacare, “root and branch.”

These spineless Republicans are so worried about being blamed for a law they opposed that they’re willing to break their promises and bail it out.

It’s why 75% of Republican voters say their party’s leaders aren’t doing enough to challenge the president.

If the Supreme Court stops the President from illegally spending $20 billion on subsidies, illegally subjecting Americans to the individual mandate, and illegally forcing employers to comply with the 30-hour rule, the last thing Republicans should do is make these policies lawful.

And if people lose their subsidies as a result of the Court’s decision and have trouble paying for coverage, Democrats should be held accountable for the health care takeover that raised premiums in the first place.

We must do everything we can to stop Republicans in Congress from bailing out Obamacare.
Obamacare was passed by President Obama and the Democrats and it’s more unpopular than ever. This is not the time to surrender.

Please tell us what you think.

If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare’s illegal subsidies, should Republicans in Congress demand the full repeal of the law OR bail it out by extending the subsidies?

1) Demand Full Repeal

2) Extend the Subsidies

3) Not Sure

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

If the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare in this case, it gives Americans the chance of a lifetime to pressure lawmakers to repeal the law.

Americans in 34 states will be free from the individual mandate and employers in those states will be free to expand hours for many of their employees.

Also, Democrats will be solely responsible for any negative consequences that result from the Court’s decision. This is their law, which they passed without any Republican support.

Republicans should aggressively make the case that the solution is to repeal Obamacare and start over.

If you want to help us turn up the heat and pressure Senate Republicans to hold firm and refuse to bail out Obamacare.

Your support will help us send Republicans a clear message that if they surrender, they can’t expect conservatives to support them in the future.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Ken Cuccinelli II

President

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