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Monday, 23 January 2017

GOP senators outline first Obamacare replacement plan

WASHINGTON — The GOP’s first Obamacare replacement proposal landed in the legislative hopper on Monday, as two Republican senators outlined their preferred alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

The move comes amid conflicting signals from Republicans about when and how they will dismantle Obamacare and enact their own health care reform plan.

It also comes after President Trump, in one of his first actions, signed an executive order allowing federal agencies to unravel the ACA, which some fear could create even more uncertainty in an already shaky health insurance marketplace. Trump’s executive order was broad, and it’s not clear yet how his administration will implement it.

The proposal unveiled on Monday, sponsored by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, could provide a starting point for the Obamacare replacement debate. But the Cassidy-Collins bill also includes several controversial provisions — including at least temporarily keeping all the tax increases included in Obamacare to pay for their alternative — that could be nonstarters within their own party.

In its draft form, the Cassidy-Collins bill would give states three options:

• Keep the Affordable Care Act, with individuals and small businesses able to purchase insurance on state exchanges and low-income residents eligible for federal subsidies to cover the cost of that coverage. States that expanded Medicaid, a state-federal health program for the poor, would be able to maintain that.