Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has again repeated the canard that Republicans have no plan to replace Obamacare (the misnamed Affordable Care Act).
In a way she is right: Republicans don't have a single plan; they have multiple plans. But that's not the way that Pelosi wants the uniformed to think. She wants them to think that the Republicans would just abolish Obamacare in one fell-swoop with nothing to replace it. Making grandma live in the guest room.
Even Republicans, who has recently showed a great deal of political ineptitude, aren't that stupid. They have several plans, but they haven't yet agreed on one. Which is as it should be. They'll be plenty of debate over the final plan's elements, unlike Obama's plan that was presented in one, huge choking gulp that no one understood. One that Pelosi said had to be passed first to find out what's in it.
If you're interested in what Republicans propose, it has been no state secret. It doesn't take a genius to find it on the internet. But here's a good round-up of the major elements as outlined by reporter Stephanie Armour in the Wall Street Journal.
- The return of high-risk pools
- An end to mandated benefit requirements
- Tax credits
- Changes to Medicaid
- Reliance on health savings accounts
- Selling insurance across state lines
One thing that Republicans cannot promise to do, however, is to significantly reduce the cost of health care and health insurance. Both sides like to make this promise but the reality is that except for biting off some expenses around the edges, medical costs will continue to go up. Just like college expenses, I guess.
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