Heartland Institute Experts Comment on Senate GOP Health Care Reform Bill

Michael Hamilton, Research Fellow

“Congressional Republicans are exhibiting willful ignorance of the lessons Obamacare should have taught them. Subsidizing health insurers is not a sound basis for a health care system, in theory or in fact.”

Republicans in the United States Senate on Thursday released their version of bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It differs significantly from the American Health Care Act, which the House passed in May, so the two bills will need to be reconciled in committee, or the House will have to take up the Senate version as-is, if it passes.

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“States laboring under the yoke of Obamacare mandates will gain a new master, but little else under the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act. This proposed revision of the Affordable Care Act keeps Obamacare’s regulatory structure in place and dilutes incentives for states to stop expanding Medicaid.

“Congressional Republicans are exhibiting willful ignorance of the lessons Obamacare should have taught them. Subsidizing health insurers is not a sound basis for a health care system, in theory or in fact.”

Michael Hamilton

Research Fellow, Health Care Policy

The Heartland Institute

Managing Editor, Health Care News

mhamilton(at)heartland(dot)org…

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