Monday, June 8, 2015

As Supreme Court Prepares For Major Obamacare Decision, Republicans Unveil Plans

Randy DeSoto June 8, 2015 at 12:32pm

"If you want to escape Obamacare, this sets you free.”

As the Supreme Court prepares to issue its decision on the future of a major component of Obamacare by the end of the month, leaders in the Republican Party have offered plans to replace perhaps the most controversial piece of legislation of the Obama presidency.

The president made several promises in the lead-up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which have proven not to be true, including: if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan; the average household will see a decrease of $2500 per year in their health insurance; overall healthcare insurance premiums will go down; and the number of unnecessary emergency room visits will decrease, among other promises.


If the Court were to strike down the payment of subsidies for insurance purchased through the federal exchange, Senate Republicans have offered a plan that would give Americans the option to keep their current plan with federal subsidies until August of 2017.

The proposed legislation, S.1016, further bars the IRS from imposing penalties by eliminating the individual mandate to purchase government-approved health insurance. The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has 31 Republican co-sponsors.

“This bill is a transitional response that rescues Americans from the coercive nature of Obamacare, which is an unnecessarily complicated scheme that should not be resuscitated,” said Sen. Johnson. “This bill lives up to its name by restoring freedom. If you want to keep your health care plan, you can keep it. If you want to escape Obamacare, this sets you free.”

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