House Democrats Search for Draft Health Care Bill While Republicans Repeal Obamacare Tax Credits
An impromptu news conference held by Sen. Rand Paul outside the room on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 2, 2017, was held as he charged the House Republicans from allegedly keeping the Obamacare repeal and replace legislation a secret and unavailable for public view.
Chron News reveals the latest efforts of the House republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as the Obamacare. Earlier that day legislation to revamp the United States current health care system were drafted during the weekend. According to Colorado congressman Mike Coffman, the Republicans met privately to discuss replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law with their own programs.
Sen. Rand Paul has demanded the House Republicans to release a draft of the health care bill so the public can see it. An impromptu news conference was already being held this time due to the Senators allegation that the bill is being kept a secret to the House Democrats. Claims that the Republicans are hiding something of significant importance to the public, perhaps, allegedly because the House Republicans are afraid to reveal that people will lose their health insurances.
Meanwhile, reports from CNN reveals that the Republicans are divided over the legislation of the Obamacare program and are at lost in how they can help people buy health insurance. This appears to be holding up the House Republican's plans to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act.
Republicans are torn whether to replace Obamacare subsidies with refundable tax credits based on a person's age rather than their income. However, a fraction of conservative Republicans is worried that these credits would be eventually paid out by everyone buying coverage in the individual market.
These conservatives are calling an entitlement program that would be open to millions of Americans who are currently uninsured or those receiving assistance through the Obamacare program.
Republicans, both in the house and the senate are also coming out against the GOP leadership plan, claiming that the tax credits are just similar to the existing Obamacare subsidies. Controversial measures like this are just leading more individuals to dive in the medical insurance individual market.