Conservative House Members Seek WH Parlay on Obamacare Alternative

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 03:01 AM

By Elliot Jager

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A group of 34 conservative Republican House members have asked to meet with President Barack Obama to outline an alternative healthcare plan that would replace the administration's signature Affordable Care Act, the Hill reported.
 
The proposal — first unveiled in September by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. — was developed by the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of social and economic conservatives in the House.

The committee said it was responding to the president's challenge that "the only alternative that Obamacare's critics have is, well, let's just go back to the status quo— because they sure haven't presented an alternative," according to The Hill.

Introduced as H.R. 3121, the American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA) has 117 cosponsors.

The bill would repeal Obamacare; allow Americans to purchase insurance across state lines with the goal of fostering competition and lowering prices; cap trial lawyers' fees and non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases; allow families and individuals to deduct healthcare costs, and increase the pre-tax amount individuals can deposit into portable savings accounts earmarked for healthcare.

It also contains safeguards to protect those with pre-existing conditions; extends the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; permits states to offer versions of health savings accounts for Medicaid recipients; and prohibits federal funding of abortions.

Scalise said the committee was offering "a common-sense bill that will lower costs using conservative, free-market solutions which give American families more choices without the unworkable mandates and billions in taxes included in President Obama's healthcare law."

Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., helped organize the letter to the president requesting a meeting at his "earliest convenience."

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