(Washington Times) The House GOP released a long-awaited plan Monday to reduce the federal footprint in health care by repealing Obamacare’s unpopular mandates, replacing its subsidies with a new form of tax credits and gradually overhauling the Medicaid insurance program for the poor.
Party leaders cued up committee votes Wednesday on the proposal, which no longer requires Americans to hold insurance and poses a major test for President Trump and Republican lawmakers who used the health care law as a political whipping post for years.
“Skyrocketing premiums, soaring deductibles, and dwindling choices are not what the people were promised seven years ago. It’s time to turn a page and rescue our health care system from this disastrous law,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said.
However, Mr. Ryan and chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce and tax-writing Ways and Means Committee will have to sell their plan to skeptical conservatives — one GOP member immediately dubbed it “Obamacare 2.0” — as Democrats pledge to resist any attempt to dismantle President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
“Trumpcare doesn’t replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said.
How the bill contrasts to Obamacare, which covered roughly 20 million people, is a key sticking point for the debate moving forward.