GOP's idea for Obamacare replacement takes shape

  • 16 January 2017
  • NormanL
GOP's idea for Obamacare replacement takes shape

The broad outlines of the Republican proposal to replace Obamacare appear to be taking shape. According to Sen. Rand Paul:

"One of the key reforms that we will do is, we're going to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance," he told CNN’s “State of the Union." “That means getting rid of the ObamaCare mandates on what you can buy.”

Paul last week announced some of the early details of the plan on Fox News' "Special Report" with Bret Baier.

Paul said his plan borrows from previous GOP replacement plans and appears to have consensus among congressional Republicans.

"The ideas that we've taken for the replacement bill come from other Republicans' bills," he told Fox.

Paul said Sunday the plan also will include health saving accounts and tax credits to help customers save money.

He also suggested the plan will allow people and small businesses to create their own markets.

"There's no reason why (a business owner) with four employees shouldn't be able to join with hundreds and hundreds of other businesses that are small to become a large entity to get leverage to bring your prices down," Paul said.

There are questions of timing the repeal with enactment of the replacement, and a major question is whether Medicaid, which was greatly expanded under the Obama health insurance law, will be made smaller. A lot of folks got insurance (though not necessarily quality care) under that expansion in some states. Taking their insurance away without something to replace it would be political dynamite.