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Obamacare alternative pushed in Senate
N.C.'s Burr, GOP colleagues urge repeal and replace
Published Monday, January 27, 2014 1:25 pm
by Herbert L. White

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and a pair of Republican colleagues have unveiled an alternative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

Burr, Tom Coburn M.D. of Oklahoma and Orrin Hatch of Utah introduced the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act, which would repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature domestic initiative, commonly referred to as Obamacare. The senators tout their proposal as “common-sense, patient-centered reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care.”  Instead of using government mandates and regulations, the Patient CARE proposal would allow individuals to make their own health care choices.

“The American people have found out what is in Obamacare — broken promises in the form of increased health care costs, costly mandates, and government bureaucracy.  They don’t like it and don’t want to keep it,” Burr said in a statement.  

The ACA, signed into law by Obama in 2009 without Republican support, is touted as an expansion of health insurance for lower-income Americans while providing protections against cancellations of coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Opponents contend the law will cause premiums to spike while cancelling policies that don’t meet government standards.

“Our nation’s health care system was unsustainable before Obamacare, and the President’s health care plan made things worse,” Burr said. “That’s why the Patient CARE proposal repeals Obamacare and focuses on targeted reforms that will lower costs and expand access to quality care. We can lower costs and expand access to quality coverage and care by empowering individuals and their families to make their own health care decisions, rather than empowering the government to make those decisions for them.”

Highlights of the Patient CARE Act include:

• Protections for patients with pre-existing conditions and strengthen consumer-directed health care.

• Transition Medicaid to a capped allotment to give states predictable funding and flexibility and reauthorize Health Opportunity Accounts.

• Reduce defensive medicine practices and limit lawsuits with malpractice reforms.

• Require health care transparency.

• Cap the exclusion of an employee’s employer-provided health coverage.

Burr, Coburn and Hatch said they will work with senators and health care experts to build support for new legislation.

“For millions of Americans, Obamacare itself has become a preexisting condition that has caused them to lose their insurance, their doctors and their choices,” Coburn said. “Congress has a responsibility to not only repeal this misguided law but replace it with a plan that will provide better care at a lower cost, and will help preserve programs like Medicaid instead of driving them closer to bankruptcy.” 

Said Hatch: “Forcing too many Americans out of the insurance they have, away from the doctor they trust and, for some, out of the job they need, Obamacare is a disaster.  With our plan, we’ve shown once again that by empowering Americans – not Washington – with the right tools and information, they will make the best informed health care decisions for themselves.”  



this has my support
Posted on January 28, 2014
this has my support
Posted on January 28, 2014

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