House GOP’s ACA Replacement Leaks, Conservatives Hate It

 

House and Senate Republicans may have just killed the first Obamacare replacement bill before it was even announced. The House GOP’s Obamacare replacement was leaked and immediately came under fire from Republicans.

The replacement would be paid for, exclusively, by limiting tax breaks on generous employer health plans — similar to the Obamacare “Cadillac Tax,” which Republicans have long sought to repeal. The tax is opposed by unions, who have negotiated good benefit packages, and high-income earners. Economists on both sides of the aisle believe the tax makes sense, but it’s a tough sell, politically, because business interests, the wealthy and unions have all fought it.

The draft plan also blocks Obamacare’s 2020 Medicaid Expansion, and not included in the bill are the broad protections for those with pre-existing conditions, which is a foundational component of Obamacare and remains one of its popular provisions.  Instead, Republicans will allow $100 billion in grants, which States can use to subsidize their most expensive enrollees.

Republicans are in a tough predicament.  Obamacare’s popularity is at an all-time high, and only 30% of Americans support its repeal.  The choice they face is to maintain conservative Republican purity and follow through on their promise to repeal Obamacare, which could amount to political suicide, or make smaller tweaks to the law. The draft makes it appear as though House Republicans are trying to find some middle ground, but conservatives are having none of it.  Rand Paul called the plan “Obamacare Lite.” Members of the House Freedom Caucus vowed to fight it.  Republican Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee hinted that the trio could block it in the Senate.

Here’s the full text of the leaked document.
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