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Read the bill: GOP proposal for replacing Obamacare

09 March 2017

Much like Republicans shifted the conversation to dub Democrats' healthcare overhaul "Obamacare", opponents of the American Health Care Act are trying to pin the bill on a single politician. And they accused Republicans of hiding bad news by moving ahead without official estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on the bill's cost to taxpayers and anticipated coverage. "ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster - is imploding fast!"

Republicans unveiled their long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, taking them a step closer to fulfilling a vow they've been repeating since the health law's passage in 2010. For individual coverage, this would be $6,550 for individuals and $13,100 for families beginning in 2018. While Obamacare's credits provided more assistance to those with lower incomes, those in the Republican plan would be largely based on age. The federal government would say to MI and other states: Here's a flat amount of money, based on how many people are on your Medicaid rolls right now.

At the same time, taxes on tanning salons and other medical luxuries, as well as a surcharge on wealthy insurance purchasers will disappear, releasing $346bn over 10 years for those earning more than $200,000 annually. Such coverage is likely to be offered because the House bill would end the federal mandate for policies to include a list of essential benefits starting in 2020.

However, Paul said there would be tax penalties for people who drop their insurance and want to buy it again.

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American states will each individually get less money to help subsidize insurance coverage for about 1 in 5 Americans through Medicaid.

The bill has now met opposition from both the moderate and conservative wings of the GOP. That was apparently a mere foreshadowing of the internal opposition to the Obamacare repeal legislation that has been brewing within the Republican Party.

Counting heads, that's seven Republicans who've publicly raised concerns about the bill in a chamber in which only three Republicans are needed to kill legislation. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On the Republican side, conservatives, in particular, were up in arms, saying the tax credits would be too expensive and the phase-out of Obama's Medicaid expansion too slow.

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It remains to be seen what will happen next, but spokespersons for Ryan and for House Ways and Means Committee chair Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)-another driving force behind the bill have not responded to requests for comment in response to Cotton's call for them to "start over" on health care.

Under this new proposal, however, things would change.

One negative fallout of that grandfathering provision is that people may be even more determined to hang onto their Medicaid coverage, or else they'll face an extremely hard time affording coverage in the individual market. The Club for Growth warned on Tuesday, "If this warmed-over substitute for government-run health care remains unchanged, the Club for Growth will key vote against it".

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Read the bill: GOP proposal for replacing Obamacare