House Republicans' Plan to Replace ObamaCare Leaked

Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act is at its most popular in 7 years
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2017 5:28 PM CST
Republican Plan Leaks as ObamaCare Popularity Grows
A supporter wears an Affordable Care Act button while standing in the Trenton train station in New Jersey to greet some of the 1,000 lobbyists, business owners, and politicians boarding a train to Washington, DC, earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

House Republicans want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and individual mandate, according to a leaked draft of a bill to repeal ObamaCare. The bill, which was obtained by Politico, would give money to states to cover some people with pre-existing conditions and replace subsidies with tax credits based on age rather than income. As it stands, people under 30 would get a $2,000 tax credit, while people over 60 would get $4,000. Vox, which has an in-depth explanation of the bill, reports that sets up the possibility that tax credits would mostly benefit richer Americans, who are typically older. But insurance, as laid out in the bill, would overall be better for younger, healthier people than older people. And it would still be possible to refuse coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

House Republicans plan to pay for their healthcare plan by restricting tax breaks on employer health plans. This is a version of ObamaCare's "Cadillac tax," which was opposed by businesses, unions—and Republicans. The draft bill is likely to change as it passes through various committees. Meanwhile, ObamaCare is more popular than it's been in seven years. A survey released Friday shows 48% have a favorable view of the ACA compared to 42% with a negative view, US News reports. That's a sizable turn around from December, when only 43% viewed it favorably and 46% viewed it negatively. According to USA Today, nearly 50% of people polled were worried a family member would lose coverage if the ACA is repealed. (Read more Affordable Care Act stories.)

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