House GOP Leaders Unveil ACA Replacement Legislation.
USA Today (3/6, Groppe) reports, “House Republicans released draft legislation Monday to replace” the Affordable Care Act, “proposing to phase out the” ACA’s “Medicaid expansion and change the law’s subsidies for private insurance.” The draft legislation does not indicate “how many people would have coverage compared with” the ACA, although “federal support would be reduced to allow Republicans to repeal the law’s tax increases on the wealthy, insurance companies, drugmakers and others.”
The Washington Post (3/6, A1, Goldstein, Debonis) reports on its front page that the Affordable Care Act replacement legislation replaces “federal insurance subsidies with a new form of individual tax credits and grants to help states shape their own policies.” According to the two draft bills released by separate House committees, the Federal “government would no longer penalize Americans for failing to have health insurance, but would try to encourage people to maintain coverage by allowing insurers to impose a surcharge of 30 percent for those who have a gap between health plans.”
The New York Times (3/6, A1, Kaplan, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page that the legislation would end Medicaid expansion, and reduce “federal payments for many new beneficiaries.” GOP lawmakers said they are preserving three popular ACA provisions: the one prohibiting insurers from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions, “the ban on lifetime coverage caps and the rule allowing young people to remain on their parents’ health plans until age 26.”
The Wall Street Journal (3/6, A1, Armour, Peterson, Hackman, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page that this effort represents the GOP’s first attempt to unite members who have been at odds over how to replace the ACA and keep their campaign promise to repeal the healthcare law. The article adds that the draft legislation would repeal much of the ACA, and establish tax credits based on people’ age and income.
The Los Angeles Times (3/6, Levey, Mascaro) reports that the draft legislation aims to “eliminate hundreds of billions of dollars of federal aid that has allowed states to expand their Medicaid programs to millions of previously uninsured poor people.” The article says it “would probably take away health coverage from several million Americans and raise costs for many more, especially low-income people and the middle-aged.” The piece adds that the proposed measure’s “impact on the federal deficit is unclear because House Republicans did not release a cost estimate for the proposal.”
The AP (3/6, Fram, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that “the bill would drive government policy down routes long advocated by conservatives.” This “course correction would take at least two years to get rolling, and probably longer to show definitive results.”