House Republicans released legislation plans on Monday that could replace the Affordable Care Act.
Under two new bills drafted by separate House committees, the new legislation says the government would no longer penalize Americans for failing to have health insurance. Instead insurers would be allowed to impose a surcharge for those who have a gap between health plans.
Like the Affordable Care Act, young adults would be able to stay on their parents’ health plan until they turn 26 and insurers would not be able to deny coverage or charge more to people with preexisting medical conditions.
The new bill also says that Planned Parenthood is ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants.
Also, the plan would replace federal insurance subsidies with a new form of individual tax credits and grants that would allow states to create their own policies.
It’s unclear and too early to tell if the new proposal will have enough support from Republicans— some of who are worried about the cost to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and others who are worried about their constituents who might lose their coverage.
“We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states,” Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Meanwhile, Democrats have not given any sign they plan on working on the new plan.
“Trumpcare doesn’t replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck. Schumer (D-NY).
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Publication date: March 7, 2017
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