ObamaCare - not GOP's alternative - is a 'big mess'

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

electronic health records EHRWhen it comes to repealing and replacing ObamaCare, some people believe it won't be easy - but Republicans argue there's no other choice.

House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, have put forth an alternative that melds together a number of ideas discussed over the years - such as allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines, expanding the use of health savings accounts, creating refundable tax credits for health insurance, and providing block grants for states to use for Medicaid.

Meanwhile, Republicans say their plan would not allow people with preexisting conditions to be denied health insurance, and that people under the age of 26 would be allowed to remain on their parents' health insurance plan.

Owcharenko

"It's a sharp contrast to what we have today," says Nina Owcharenko, director of the Center for Health Policy at The Heritage Foundation. "This ObamaCare test-run has really failed us." 

Some writers for The Huffington Post argue the Republicans' alternative has a lot of holes in it, while warning that repealing ObamaCare would result in a "great big mess." For example, more than 20 million people would reportedly lose benefits and become uninsured, reversing an historic trend of expanded coverage.

"I think that it's ironic that some of the Left are claiming that there are holes in the Republican plan and not enough information when this administration itself put out numbers that were totally bogus," responds Owcharenko. "And just like we've seen even with the Affordable Care Act, look at how many proposals were out there before they actually got to a final plan."

As far as the “great big mess” comment, Owcharenko argues that's the current situation with the Affordable Care Act.

"You have people with premiums that are climbing, you have insurers dropping out of the marketplace, you have narrower networks, higher deductibles - and now you have people who actually have to pay back money at the end of the year because they got too much of a subsidy," she explains.

"The healthcare law itself is a mess, so it's not the alternative that will be to blame - it's what we got ourselves into when they passed the Affordable Care Act."

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