Republicans in Congress are in denial over their plan to dismantle Obamacare
By Alex GriswoldCNNPoliticsPoliticsThe House is set to vote on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a much more generous health care plan.
The Senate is expected to take up the bill later this month.
It would allow insurers to offer less coverage, while raising premiums for millions of Americans.
The bill is the latest in a series of attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable CARE Act, which President Donald Trump has said is a “total and complete disaster.”
Republicans have been working on legislation to repeal the AffordableCare Act for years, and this is the first time they’ve come up with a proposal that will actually get to the president.
The plan, known as the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, was unveiled in the House last week, with the Senate vote coming in early next month.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the legislation would “reform the entire healthcare system.”
Trump said in a tweet that the bill would “bring us down to the level of the failing healthcare system in the U.S. It will give every American access to quality, affordable health care.”
The legislation would allow states to waive Obamacare regulations and offer more generous coverage options to those with pre-existing conditions.
Republicans are also aiming to pass a tax reform bill that would add trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the economy, but it’s not clear what tax cuts will be included.
Trump has been criticized for saying that “Obamacare is a disaster,” and Republicans have blamed the president for the failure of the health care law.
In a statement, Trump said that he did not intend to replace Obamacare.
“Obamacare, in fact, is in a total and complete death spiral, with premiums going up and deductibles going up,” Trump said.
“The American Health Plan would be a way of fixing that.”
But Trump’s team has repeatedly argued that the AHCA would be more effective at helping the nation’s economy.
A number of House Republicans are seeking to pass their own bill, including House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R – TX).
A House Ways Committee report from March 2016 said that “in many cases, this will not result in an immediate reduction in premiums and deductible premiums and may result in higher health insurance costs for consumers.”
Ryan’s office has said the AHC would provide a “new, more efficient way to deliver health care” to the American people, and he said he would vote for the bill if it comes to the floor for a vote.
Ryan said in March that the legislation was “time for action.”
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R.-KS), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, told reporters on Monday that the House should pass a “Medicare-for-all” plan.
The Republican proposal would require states to expand Medicaid to cover all residents, as well as expand coverage to more Americans.
In a letter sent to Republican members of Congress, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the American Healthcare Act would result in 23 million fewer people having insurance by 2026, while adding $2.9 trillion to the federal deficit.
The CBO also predicted that it would lead to 14 million fewer Americans receiving medical care and 18 million fewer individuals having access to health care services.
At the same time, the CBO also said that the Senate bill would cut spending by $4 trillion and increase the deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (pictured) told reporters that the plan would be an “implementation of Obamacare that is more affordable, more comprehensive, and will bring us down.
We have a responsibility to deliver.”
A CBO analysis found that under the AHCC, premiums would increase by an average of 20 percent by 2027, while deductibles would increase an average $1,200 a year.
Ryan, though, said that there is a way to offset some of the cost increase, which he called a “modest” increase.
Ryan also said the bill “would allow insurers more flexibility in their pricing” and would “help us get to our goal of bringing down costs.”