Republican Congressmen Offer ObamaCare Alternative

Two Republican lawmakers are breaking with their party’s long-stated goal of repealing ObamaCare by putting forward a healthcare plan that leaves parts of the system in place. (The Hill)

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) on Monday formally announced a bill that they say would cover more people than the Affordable Care Act does now. While the bill does not repeal the 2010 health care law, it would repeal both the individual and employer mandates and limits the “non-essential” products that plans would have to cover. (Morning Consult)

The central element of the bill is a $2,500 tax credit to every citizen who enrolls in the plan. The tax credit would be a flat sum, rather than income-adjusted like those offered under the ACA, so that lower-income individuals wouldn’t receive more. The credit would give patients much more flexibility with how they can spend their money, said Sessions and Cassidy. (Bloomberg)

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