Sen. Ted Cruz and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows outlined the three principles Republicans need to strive for in their new healthcare legislation in a column they wrote for The Wall Street Journal.
According to Cruz and Meadows, true repeal and replace of Obamacare must start here:
- Lower insurance premiums.
- Implement non-refundable tax credits.
- Freeze Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
Cruz and Meadows write of the "historic opportunity" Republicans finally have to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, but take issue with the GOP's first real swing — the American Health Care Act.
The Congressmen say that the first principle — lower insurance premiums — is also the most important.
"Nothing matters more," wrote Cruz and Meadows. "The current House bill would not achieve this, because it doesn't repeal all of Obamacare's insurance mandates. Of the few it addresses, the bill delays their repeal. We must abolish Obamacare's mandates immediately."
To further drive down costs, Cruz and Meadows call for the insurance mandates to be repealed, expanded health savings accounts, and "a true 50-state marketplace."
"Republicans have pledged for six years to repeal ObamaCare and return choice to America's health-care system. The time to act is now upon us. If Republicans join together with united purpose and tackle these areas of concern, we will have finally delivered on our promise," Cruz and Meadows conclude.
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