House GOP wants to replace Obamacare with ACA replacement, but Democrats oppose plan
Democrats want to replace the Affordable Care Act with a bill that provides for a single-payer health system that is more affordable for low-income people.
But Republican leaders said they will not consider that plan, despite President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s support of the idea.
Instead, the House GOP will be pushing legislation to create a national health care program for all Americans with a single payer health care system, and the party will move ahead with a measure that would provide for the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Health Care Act.
In addition to Medicaid, Democrats are also seeking to include funding for a universal health care plan that would include the expansion and expansion of health insurance coverage for millions of people.
The Senate and House GOPs plan for the health care bill does not include a funding package to cover people with preexisting conditions.
That provision is a big sticking point between the two chambers.
The House GOP bill would require insurers to cover the cost of premiums for people with a preexisted condition.
The Senate plan does not require insurers not to cover preexistant conditions.
The two bills would provide a pathway to insurance for individuals with preexcisional conditions, but Republicans are not sure how that would work.
“It would be something like a Medicare-for-all, but it would not be a Medicare for all,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.
“It would only be a one-time payment that people would have to make if they get sick.”
The House bill also includes an increase in the federal deficit, but Scalise said he would oppose the House proposal, which would increase deficits for the foreseeable future.
“I would vote against that bill, no matter what the math is, because it doesn’t add up,” he said.
“I don’t want to spend the money that I’m getting, and it would be a bad way to spend it.”
The White House and Senate are also working to resolve differences in the bill.
The president is expected to meet Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss a compromise, which could include an increase to Medicare benefits and a longer-term extension of unemployment benefits.
Schumer is scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday morning, but he has not yet released his position.