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February 11, 2016

Conservatives to Unveil Obamacare Replacement Bill

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

While the House GOP continues to grapple with how to defund or delay Obamacare in a continuing resolution or debt ceiling deal, the conservative Republican Study Committee is preparing to unveil its bill to fully replace the 2010 health law.

At a news conference set for Wednesday, RSC Chairman Steve Scalise of Louisiana and RSC Health Care Working Group Chairman Phil Roe of Tennessee will roll out their long-anticipated “repeal-and-replace” legislation. Fellow GOP Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, John Fleming of Louisiana, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Todd Rokita of Indiana are also expected to attend the event.

The RSC press release announcing the bill’s introduction included no hints of what the legislation might contain. But in August, CQ Roll Call got the scoop on the measure’s anticipated fall debut.

“We’ve obviously fought very hard to repeal the bill, to unravel different pieces on it that are falling on its own weight, anyway,” Scalise said in a brief phone interview at the time. “But we’ve also been working to put together a true alternative that would lower market costs and fix some real problems that existed before Obamacare that are made worse with it.”

Scalise didn’t give a lot of details during that phone call , but said the bill would include protections for people with pre-existing conditions — one of the main benefits of Obamacare.

“We address that to make sure that people with pre-existing conditions cannot be discriminated against,” he said.

He promised, however, that it would not “put in place mandates that increase the costs of health care and push people out of the insurance that they like.”

Though this will won’t be the first Obamacare repeal-and-replace proposal floated by individual GOP lawmakers in either chamber of Congress, the RSC bill has the potential to gain traction, given the conservative group’s size and influence.

Of course, it will have to pass muster with House Republican leaders. And it also would need to secure the blessings of outside advocacy groups such as Heritage Action for America and the Club for Growth, whose disapproval has proven disastrous for some House GOP proposals.

Scalise said in August that those groups would have a chance to weigh in on the legislative proposal, along with other stakeholders on and off Capitol Hill.

  • _Orwell

    Gee, will it be longer than 3 pages and actually include policy proposals? Or will it simply be another sheet of talking points to rile up the idiot base while basically kicking everyone to the curb?

    • 66kicks

      Yes. On Page 4 will be the part about smoke and mirrors.

  • hippie1367

    Ahh the Ryan approach – no numbers or actual facts.

  • KarenJ

    Meanwhile, any help Boehner and his caucus could possibly provide for minimum-wage earners and the jobless, that’s on the back burner. Along with immigration reform and common sense gun safety regulations (or funding the ones already in place). One more year of congressional impotence.

  • DrSquishy

    Let’s see this unicorn bill Reveal it now.

  • tpartynitwit

    Haha, Teatards, too late!

  • xian

    no rescission for preexisting conditions plus no mandate. looks like someone was sleeping in Econ 101

  • DrSquishy

    No details? Why? Because it is a fairytale.

  • _Orwell

    It says quite a bit about just how much we should expect from this POS when there is not a single GOP response defending it. Even the stalwart no longer believe that the GOP intends to replace ACA.

  • HeraSentMe

    GOP Health Care Plan:

    Section 1: Be rich.

    Section 2: If you aren’t rich, don’t get sick.

    Section 3: If you aren’t rich and you get sick, die quickly.

    (Much respect to Alan Grayson)




    I sincerely hope this committee will function as a fact finding body ,and not as a group wasting our money and your time. which if I am not mistaken, you are getting paid for
    . excuse me for being
    skeptical. it has been create by your previous attempts.

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