Washington Free Beacon:
House Republicans introduced legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act on Monday night. The American Health Care Act attempts to deliver relief to the American people from Obamacare’s taxes and regulatory mandates.
Republicans have introduced multiple proposals to replace Obamacare leading up to this point and now the American Health Care Act serves as the replacement that lawmakers, along with President Trump, have chosen to put before the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees this week for mark-up.
The act will keep some of Obamacare’s popular provisions, including protecting individuals with preexisting conditions from the denial of coverage or increased costs and allowing young people to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26.
The act, however, will eliminate Obamacare’s taxes and the individual and employer mandates, which Republicans say have hurt job creators, increased costs, and limited choices for patients and health care providers.
“Our plan delivers relief from all of Obamacare’s taxes, including dismantling taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and medical devices,” House Republicans said. “And we immediately eliminate the individual and employer mandate penalties, which forced millions of people into Obamacare plans they don’t want and cannot afford.”
Without mandates Obamacare is dead. It was dying anyway. The whole scheme was unworkable from the get-go.
But here is the ugly truth that Republicans are going to have to deal with: Voters still want the kind of health care reform that Obama promised but didn’t deliver.
They want a health care system that:
1. Covers everyone
2. Covers everything
3. Is top quality
4. Is fast and efficient
5. Is cheap
Worst of all, they expect the government to provide it or at least facilitate it. And Democrats will continue to tell them that it’s the GOP’s fault that they can’t have it.