For three years the TEApublican mantra has been “repeal and replace” when speaking of the ACA, better known as Obamacare. Finally, after 42 attempts to repeal one of them has come forward with a plan to replace. Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) has announced a bill, the American Health Care Reform Act which he helped author as a member of the Republican Study Committee.
This plan is purported to level the playing field for those purchasing individual policies as opposed to those who get health insurance from or through their employer. Dr. Roe says that the bill will expand coverage and lower costs without increasing taxes or imposing any mandates. It is he says intended to repeal and replace Obamacare. Roe said, “This bill is not perfect. It’s open to amendment as opposed to the bill, the Affordable Care Act which was just shoved down our throat. I would certainly encourage my democratic colleagues to read this bill, and if they have improvements they want to add to it, I’m more than open.”
Representative Mac Thornberry (R-Tx) another member of the committee says that the bill comes at the problems of healthcare in the U.S. from the opposite direction of Obamacare. He said, “It tries to make sure that we and our doctors have control over it and over the health decisions that we make so it has a variety of things that makes sure that it gives the individual say so over these very private personal issues.” He concedes that the bill is not a comprehensive approach but is instead a start that can be initiated by first repealing Obamacare, which he suggested could happen any day.
While the details are still very sketchy and it is impossible to say at this point where it may lead, at least they have actually come up with a plan to replace rather than empty words which has been their modus operandi to date. With the hatred for government and regulations which runs rampant among the TEA Party fringe element of the Republican Party judgment of the proposal should be reserved until further details are released but it may be a first step toward a compromise something the TEApublicans are loath to do.
Listen to what Representatives Roe and Thornberry say about their proposal here.