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Mr. President, Here’s a Real Replacement for Obamacare

Posted: September 19, 2013 at 7:00 am   /   by

While the House and Senate grapple with Obamacare, the federal budget, and the debt ceiling, House Republicans have proposed a real-live solution for the health care dilemma: Scrap Obamacare and replace it.

President Obama and Congressional Democrats repeat the same old mantra – Republicans vote to repeal Obamacare, but never come up with a solution. They’re wrong.

As recently as Monday, during his attack on Republicans over Obamacare, the president repeated the refrain.

“Remember,” he said, “initially this was like repeal-and-replace, and the replace thing has kind of gone off to the wayside. Now it’s just repeal.”

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) answered the president and his party with the American Health Care Reform Act. The measure fully repeals Obamacare and provides what the RSC said is a pragmatic, practical, and portable free-market alternative to the current health care law.

President Obama should read the bill carefully. Then he should drop his complaint, which was never true anyway, that Republicans have no alternative to Obamacare.

The Republican alternative was unveiled Wednesday by RSC Chairman Steve Scalise. An RSC health care working group that includes Representative Paul Gosar, a member of the Republican Doctors Caucus, developed the measure.

Here are the highlights of the American Health Care Reform Act:

  • Fully repeals President Obama’s health care law, eliminating billions in taxes and thousands of pages of unworkable regulations and mandates that are driving up health care costs.
  • Spurs competition to lower health care costs by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and enabling small businesses to pool together and get the same buying power as large corporations.
  • Reforms medical malpractice laws in a commonsense way that limits trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages while maintaining strong protections for patients.
  • Provides tax reform that allows families and individuals to deduct health care costs, just like companies, leveling the playing field and providing all Americans with a standard deduction for health insurance.
  • Expands access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars individuals can deposit into portable savings accounts to be used for health care expenses.
  • Safeguards individuals with pre-existing conditions from being discriminated against purchasing health insurance by bolstering state-based high-risk pools and extending HIPAA guaranteed availability protections.
  • Protects the unborn by ensuring no federal funding of abortions.

(See the RSC announcement for a two-page summary of the American Health Care Reform Act.)