Republicans Rename Obamacare, Call It A Day

By Michael A. Needham, CEO Heritage Action for America

House Speaker Paul Ryan made the case in his op-ed, “Our health care plan for America,” that Obamacare is a “collapsing law (that) is driving up health care costs and driving out choices for American families.” He is correct. Unfortunately, the alternative he unveiled this week accepts the flawed progressive ideas of Obamacare. And, in some cases, expands upon them.

It is true that the American Health Care Act repeals significant portions of Obamacare. The proposal also creates a new subsidy that health care experts note would be available to those at 850% of the federal poverty level. By comparison, Obamacare’s subsidies were only available to those at 400% of the federal poverty level.

Why would Ryan and his colleagues embrace this approach? Because the proposed plan leaves many of Obamacare’s burdensome insurance regulations in place. These mandates drive up costs, making insurance unaffordable and health care inaccessible. For many Americans on the individual market, there will be no noticeable difference between the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the new American Health Care Act.

That is bad politics and, more important, bad policy.

This is not the bill Americans were waiting for or the policy we deserve.

*Originally published in USA Today, click here

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