Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Republicans Release Health Care Vision White Paper

Drew Thies


Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Republicans today released a long awaited white paper outlining how they would like to remodel health care delivery. The plan, titled A Better Way, is part of a comprehensive plan to frame Republican priorities ahead of the November election.


The plan includes many standard Republican health care proposals, such as repealing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, providing tax credits for individuals to buy coverage from private insurers, expanding access to health savings accounts, and turning Medicaid into a block-granted or per-capita cap system within the states.


The 37-page full document stops short of policy specifics such as the replacement for Obamacare or the size of the tax credits provided. It is not formal legislation and is seen more as a guiding document than a piece of discrete policy.

"The purpose of this agenda is to show a better way on the big issues of the day," Ryan told reporters.

The White House issued a statement early Wednesday denouncing the plan. The political consensus to pass many of the included provisions does not seem to exist in Washington during an already tumultuous election year.

AHCA/NCAL is carefully reviewing the plan and a broader analysis is forthcoming.

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