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GOP Senators: Let's Give States Option of Keeping Obamacare

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By    |   Monday, 23 Jan 2017 02:01 PM

Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine outlined an Obamacare replacement plan designed to bring in needed support from some Democrats.

The Hill reported Cassidy and Collins' plan is far less dramatic than some other GOP proposals.

It calls for keeping many of Obamacare's taxes in place to provide revenue for the replacement plan. But it also offers states the choice of keeping Obamacare, according to the Hill.

It's called the Patient Freedom Act and would allow state legislatures to decide whether to keep Obamacare in place — complete with its subsidies, mandates and protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Other states would be able to opt into a new plan that would provide a uniform tax credit linked to a Health Savings Account. This plan is designed to help people afford a basic, less-comprehensive health insurance plan, the Hill reports.

The legislation has not been formally introduced and some details were not yet available, particularly the size of the tax credit in the alternative plans.

But the two senators are hoping their proposal will attract some support among Democrats, who are needed in the Senate that requires 60 votes for a replacement plan.

"At some point in this process, we're going to need a bill that can get 60 votes," Cassidy said. "We think that helps us get to 60."

CNN reported that there are fears taking action to repeal the law would create deep instability in the insurance markets and possibly result in millions of people's coverage being disrupted or taken away.

And the cable news network said Collins has been vocal in insisting Republicans not repeal major parts of Obamacare until there is a replacement plan.

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