House Conservatives Back Sanford-Paul ACA Replacement Bill.

February 16, 2017

 

The Washington Post  (2/15, Weigel) reports that conservatives in the House, who are “frustrated” by the GOP’s lack of progress in repealing the Affordable Care Act, “are looking at joint legislation from Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) as their preferred replacement.” The bill “would expand health savings accounts, eliminate most regulations on what plans must cover, and prevent the funding of abortions through HSAs.” The article points out that this legislation “mirrors the 2015 budget resolution by scrapping most of the ACA.”

        The Hill  (2/15, Hellmann) reports that the proposal “would include a tax credit of up to $5,000 per person to fund part of a Health Savings Account to pay for medical care, as well as a provision to allow insurers to sell policies across state lines.” The article points out that the conservative House Freedom Caucus is backing the bill. Sanford, who is chairman of the group, “said the replacement proposal will fix a shattered healthcare system.” He is quoted as saying that this proposed legislation “will finally be able to address many of the concerns that we’re hearing whether it’s at town halls or personal calls.”

        Roll Call  (2/15, McPherson) reports that House conservatives are supporting a proposal “with views likely to muddle the path toward GOP consensus on how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.” The piece adds that the bill, which is called the Obamacare Replacement Act, seeks “to de-link insurance coverage from employment and remove minimum coverage mandates, allowing consumers to purchase plans that fit their individual needs.”

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