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At the root of the growing divide within the G.O.P.is the fact that, despite having railed against the Affordable Care Act for seven years, the party is no closer to rallying around a replacement to the sweeping heath-care legislation than when it was passed. But House conservatives worry this will create months of squabbling over elements of the new plan, leading some in the Senate to have second thoughts.
Ryan presented his still-developing repeal plan with the Republican conference behind closed doors on Thursday along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden.
With cost-increasing federal regulation of health insurance repealed, the states would be immediately liberated to reassert their traditional role in health insurance regulation, which has generally been far more effective and sensible, restricted as they are by the natural competition of federalism.
"I think it's actually going to lower health care costs - if implemented".
"Let's just call it a hunch", said GOP Rep. Trent Franks added. "The nucleus is the patient and her doctor versus the nucleus of the system being the government in Obamacare's sake".
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"My concern is [a repeal-replace bill] will give some lackadaisical senator a reason to vote against it", said Freedom Caucus member Trent Franks (R-Ariz.).
Committee leaders walked through several policy issues they are working through such as how to design tax credits for those who will be shopping for health care in the new system and how to address how money will flow to states that administer the Medicaid program. They do say they're going to repeal all Obamacare taxes and get rid of the individual mandate.
But since President Donald Trump's inauguration, many congressional Republicans have asked party leaders to slow down the repeal efforts to ensure that a consensus is reached on an Obamacare alternative. The ACA instituted hundreds of millions of dollars of health-care related taxes to pay for the subsidies Obamacare provides to help people purchase health insurance as well as the Medicaid expansion. At a public library in Pewaukee, Wis., when a woman queried him about whether a new law would allow her daughter to remain on her insurance plan while attending law school, Sensenbrenner conceded that without a GOP health care bill he doesn't know what to say.
Big Government approaches are wrong, whether they are offered by Democrats and Republicans. What would happen to those covered by the law if it were repealed with no replacement? It eliminate the ACA's essential health benefit requirements, end antitrust laws for health-care providers "to increase competition and drive down prices for consumers", and turn Medicaid into a block-grant program for states. As Senator Chuck Schumer of NY said, "Millions of Americans would be kicked off their plans, out of pocket costs and deductibles for consumers would sky-rocket and protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, would be gutted.".
It's not clear that a phaseout of the program would fly in the Senate, where 19 Republicans represent Medicaid expansion states.
Howard says states now have an incentive to increase their spending on Medicaid, because it boosts the amount of federal money they get.
However, Ryan said it's been his dream for "a long time" to reform the nation's tax code, as "we had not done tax reform since the year I got my driver's license, so it has been a long time and it's high time we have done it".