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House GOP Leaders Have Obamacare Replacement Ready

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 May 2016 03:57 PM

GOP House leaders have a draft of an Obamacare replacement plan that could be ready in time for a Republican president to take up next year, The Hill reports.

The plan will be laid out for the first time to lawmakers at a Thursday briefing ahead of a public release in June, the Hill reports.

"We’ve been working and sitting down, listening to Republican colleagues the last couple of months now," House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said Wednesday at an event hosted by The Hill.

"The idea has been that whoever our nominee is, so now our nominee Donald Trump, we’re going to have it on the shelf ready for our nominee."

The plan is expected to include a range of GOP health policy ideas – including a controversial proposal to tax more generous employer health insurance plans, The Hill reports.

Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Joe Pitts tells The Hill other elements include allowing insurers to sell across state lines, "beefing up" health savings accounts, a tax credit to help people afford coverage and high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions.

The plan is a "white paper" instead of legislation, The Hill reports.

"The first thing health reform should accomplish is to stabilize or reduce the costs of healthcare," Pitts tells The Hill. "The number one complaint people have about healthcare is the rising cost, and yet [the Affordable Care Act] has done little to decrease healthcare spending."

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