Republicans Unveil Bill That Would Take Health Care Away From 22.5 Million Americans

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A group of Senate and House Republicans have revealed the Republican Party’s replacement plan for the ACA that contains no healthcare and would take away coverage from 22.5 million Americans.

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) introduced their answer to the ACA, which they have named the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act.

According to Republicans the “CARE Act” would:

Establish sustainable, patient-focused reforms:

Adopt common-sense consumer protections;
Create a new protection to help Americans with pre-existing conditions;
Empower small businesses and individuals with purchasing power;
Empower states with more tools to help provide coverage while reducing costs; and
Strengthen consumer directed health care and allow Americans to buy coverage across state lines.
Modernize Medicaid to provide better coverage and care to patients:

Transition to capped allotment to provide states with predictable funding and flexibility.
Reduce defensive medicine and rein in frivolous lawsuits:

Medical Malpractice reforms.
Increase health care price transparency to empower consumers and patients:

Require basic health care transparency to inform and empower patients.
Reduce distortions in the tax code that drive up health care costs:

Cap the exclusion of an employee’s employer-provided health coverage.
Empower Small Businesses and Individuals with Purchasing Power:

Targeted tax credit to help buy health care

What the CARE Act doesn’t contain is health care. At the very bottom of the list of what the bill does, you will see that the legislation will provide tax credits for people to buy health care. The problem for tens of millions of Americans will be that they will first have to buy the policy in order to qualify for the tax credit. If a person or family can’t afford the policy, they won’t have insurance.

The CARE Act also does not contain any mechanism for transferring people who are currently enrolled in health care exchanges to new subsidized coverage. Instead of expanding Medicaid, the Republican plan caps funding. This means that all of the people who have gotten health care through the Medicaid will be thrown off of their insurance.

The Republicans have introduced a health care plan that doesn’t contain any health care. These are the same old ideas that Republicans have been trying to dress up as health care reform for decades. The Republican plan will drive up health care costs, and throw millions of people off of their current coverage. It will allow insurance companies to discriminate and price gouge. It will drive up the cost of prescription drugs for seniors. The Republican plan would also toss 3 million children off of their parents’ health insurance.

Republicans have unveiled a plan that would take away health care from at least 22.5 million Americans. (19.5 million Americans have gotten coverage under the ACA through the exchanges and Medicaid expansion, another 3 million are on their parents’ health insurance.) The Republican plan replaces the ACA with nothing.

A better name for this bill would be the (Don’t) CARE Act because the message from Republicans is that they don’t care if the American people can’t afford health care.

52 Replies to “Republicans Unveil Bill That Would Take Health Care Away From 22.5 Million Americans”

  1. Amazing! There is no “there” there!I guess the GOP/Tea Party is looking for a national march on Washington from all of us they are trying to destroy. I’m up for it!

  2. The unfortunate thing about this is people will support it because it is not the dreaded Obamacare that they hate, but will not understand what is in it until it is too late.
    Smoke and mirrors is what Republicans do…

  3. Don’t make me laugh. NOW they concoct a plan called CARE. To compete with OBAMACARE a/k/a ACA.
    Okay I get it: All Republicans will have “CARE” while Democrats and everyone in between will have “OBAMACARE” Geeze.
    What’s next? Will Social Security for Republicans only be The Voucher plan? While Social Security for the Democrats and everyone else will remain the same tried and true SOCIAL SECURITY as we know it.
    I can’t wait for the “CARE” roll out….in 2050. That’s when I predict the Next Republican President will be residing in the White House.

  4. they forgot the DON’T in the CARE…oops

    They truly DON’TCARE

    How the GOP Slowly Went Insane
    There are smart, honest conservatives at the ready to help govern practically and sincerely, but they are drowned out by the guttural scream of craven utopians raging against reality. This moment in American political life is insane. That a group of narrow-minded zealots could push us to the brink of economic ruin, that they maintain a base of support in their frenzied, quixotic, incompetent gambit, that there is an apparatus that exists to defend this kind of nonsense.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/how-the-gop-slowly-went-insane/280614/

  5. OF COURSE there is no health care! RepukeliCons don’t want the people to live longer, they want us all DEAD unless we are in the 1% income bracket.

  6. Republicans are social darwinists hiding behind buzzwords like “freedom” and “personal responsibility”. Their view is the less fortunate need to die so the filty rich, with their hoarding disorder, can buy more houses to put more rich people junk —stuff they don’t need and will never use. These rich are fundamentally the same as those mentally hill people who hoard used pizza boxes.

  7. History has repeatedly shown groups who would rather destroy their nation, institution, corporation, etc than lose their real or perceived powers or privilege. A modern term is the Iron Rule Of Institutions. The RightWingers will destroy this country rather than have it progress.

  8. This cruel and thievery legislation by Republicans should prove beyond a shadow of a doubt – that Republicans have absolutely no sympathy, empathy or respect for the daily plight of average, hard-working Americans in this country !!! In fact, Americans have fought World Wars for far-less reasons than what Republicans are trying to do to good, hard-working Americans now !!!

  9. I’ve repeatedly asked conservative “friends” of mine to name just one program ever espoused by Republicans that benefits the average middle class American. They cannot. I name the programs the Republicans want to destroy such as the ACA, Social Security, veteran’s benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, pension plans, voting rights, gay rights, women’s rights, etc…They’ll quickly deny my charges but they can’t disprove them…

  10. Notice how they slipped in this little tidbit:

    “Reduce defensive medicine and rein in frivolous lawsuits”

    Also known as “Tort Reform,” this would seriously limit, if not eliminate, patients’ right to sue hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies.

  11. “Are there no prisons?”

    “Plenty of prisons…”

    “And the Union workhouses.” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

    “Both very busy, sir…”

    “Those who are badly off must go there.”

    “Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”

    “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

  12. The Republicans have it all together! Uhhh..don’t they? I just keep asking myself, what if I had all of the knowledge that the best Republican can have, Penus and vag..well we know what I mean. They’re gifted with the knowledge and truth about sex activity Right? (no pun intended) what I’m sayin’ is, well just so much knowledge about the male and female personal activity that it’s mind boglin’ how they do more human anatomy legislation than they do those damned dirty old politics. If I ever need to know about sex or when it’s ok the have it? I’ll just ask the nearest Republican. And the capitol of Alabama is Birmingham. The Republicans didn’t know that, just thought they needed the info about Alabama.

  13. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”, Joseph Goebbels.

  14. but don’t they scream about being pro-life?

    Ah, I’ve got that incorrect they’re PRO-BIRTH ONLY, they could care less about it before or after the birth.

  15. In 1932 WE, Americans, voted for progressive agenda and over the next forty years lead America to do marvelous and amazing things:
    • WE fought and won a world war,
    • WE created Social Security and lifted 75% of seniors out poverty,
    • WE built an Interstate Highway system,
    • WE created medicare and provided seniors with health insurance after their retirement,
    • WE built new modern airports across the country,
    • WE had economic expansion and created the middle class, the greatest middle class in history,
    • WE built thousands of new schools and expanded education opportunities,
    • WE passed laws to end racial discrimination,
    • WE implemented the GI Bill and our veterans benefited with homes and education,
    • WE rebuilt Europe with the Marshall Plan,
    • WE unleashed the power of the atom and developed peaceful uses for this power,
    • WE funded the development of new technologies,

  16. ran out of room…..

    • WE funded research of cures, treatment and remission of diseases; polio, tuberculosis, STD’s and heart transplants.
    • WE passed labor laws that gave us a 40 hour week and vacations,
    • WE regulated Wall Street and kept the country from having another great depression and ended our history of boom & bust economies.
    • WE passed Cap & Trade and regulatory laws that cleaned our air and water, and Hells Bells,
    • WE even went to the moon.
    WHAT THE HELL HAVE THE CONSERVATIVES DONE!!!

  17. What would be so negative in splitting the country in half?
    If the GOP & Koch Bro’s want to destroy their half of America…let them!

  18. The whole PR blurb says nothing. It throws word salad at the wall, but you could change a handful of words and use it as a template for any ‘screw the customer’ job.

  19. Actually, they are pro-sperm. As long as the sperm is gestating, it remains part of some man.
    Once the sperm is a baby, the hell with it.

    Women are sperm lockers.

  20. When the Republican Party starts actually offering you and your “entire families” access to guaranteed “Public” shelter, work, and “free” transportation (train-rides) to access them, plus “hot-showers” to top it off, DON’T ACCEPT THEM!!! That is “all” that I will say about this subject. DON’T ACCEPT THEM!!! [WINK]

  21. republicans = take away everything from the “people” (they hate)

    democrats – giveth to the “people” (they care)

  22. I’ll answer!

    Racists, xenophobes, White Supremacists, Evan(vil)gelicals, Fox “News” Channel viewers, Rush Limbaugh listeners, Glen Beck worshipers, cowards, people who are frightened by their own shadow, and other miscellaneous conservative(translate: neo-confederate) people. And they have one thing in common: they vote Republican.

  23. They have not gone far enough for me. I want the government completely and permanently out of the business of providing medical care for anybody especially including me. That’s what doctors are for not politicians and bureaucrats.

    Opt me OUT!

  24. notice how they co-opted the phrase Affordable CARE Act, to just the CARE Act. Dropped the ‘affordable’ part. How truthful of them.

  25. Hey dummy so you want the government to stop providing Healthcare for millions of Seniors, Veterans and the disabled?

    BTW dumbass the ACA does not provide healthcare. How can you be so stupid and still tie your shoes

  26. Republican senator admits his own plan for Obamacare replacement won’t happen

    Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Thursday that Republicans might not be able to pass an alternative to ObamaCare until 2017. […]
    “I don’t think so,” he said. “I think that there are going to be a lot of ideas not only in Congress but around the think tanks here in Washington and around the country.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/231971-gop-senator-party-wont-unite-on-o-care-replacement-until-2017

  27. I think the GOP is handicapped by the fact that what they have attacked within ACA is based on what was most likely to break it with blithe disregard for any question of ideology.

    The exchanges were the most pro-capitalist part of ACA and a genuine small-government concern would have been to focus on the new regulations (which most people haven’t read) and cut costs by reducing red tape. The fact that so many republican governors defiantly declared their desire to prevent state-level exchanges in their states was because, together with shutting down federal exchanges, it would prevent anyone from using ACA to obtain an insurance policy.

    It’s easy to find failure if you Create it on purpose and the idea has been to force a failure rather than fixing ACA so they could force a repeal.

  28. Okay so now that these slimy Republicans know that they can’t defund, or dismantle OBAMACARE a/k/a Afordable Care Act, they are creating their own version called CARE. How ironic. Using part of ObamaCARE = C-A-R-E as if they care.
    They are creating their own model to compete with the existing model. So now what? It’s almost like having two types of Social Security or two types of Medicare. The Republican kind and the Democrat’s kind. Confusion reigns.

  29. if the gop worked as hard to help the american people as they do at screwing them maybe we could get something good done in this country.

  30. I am sure you are a smart guy, however your comment reflects a fair amount of ignorance.
    Low intelligence is forgivable, ignorance is less so.

  31. Nah.. you’re referring to the democrats of the past before they were overrun by the left wing radicals. The democratic party of Kennedy is gone, replaced with the ilk of Obama and Pelosi. “We” in your diatribe, includes ALL Americans not just your party anyway, how damn narcissistic can you get? What jingoistic pap! If you Dem’s (now completely far left wing) spent as much time trying to keep us from going bankrupt, or fighting real evils instead of imaginary ones, maybe we could get the country back on track, instead of slipping into the toilet of the future “fundamentally transformed” America you’re forcing down our throats.

  32. Are you surprised? Another cruel idea from the “I got mine. To hell with you.” party. But the dummies keep voting them in.

  33. You got what you voted for….on top of this shit they are placing bills to make it illegal NOT to have health insurance, if it all goes there way a huge part of our nation…lower class…will be readily charged with breaking a law and or monitarily penalized for not being able to afford their health care….so I have one thing to say to lower class republicans….you havnt seen anything yet…get a republican president voted in and watch the fuckin deluge of laws that will destroy this country….get a fuckin clue America…and thanks to all our heads of government to take what was fought for by REAL AMERICANS and dismantling it….standing on the shoulders of of their forfathers, getting handed the septors of power, that nepotism and corrupt lineage of privilege, and NEVER considering anything that might take a few dollars out of their vast bank accounts….and for that fuck that said the poor are genetically inferior….your an ass clown….may karma fix all of you

  34. You got what you voted for….on top of this shit they are placing bills to make it illegal NOT to have health insurance, if it all goes there way a huge part of our nation…lower class…will be readily charged with breaking a law and or monitarily penalized for not being able to afford their health care….so I have one thing to say to lower class republicans….you havnt seen anything yet…get a republican president voted in and watch the fuckin deluge of laws that will destroy this country….get a fuckin clue America…and thanks to all our heads of government to take what was fought for by REAL AMERICANS and dismantling it….standing on the shoulders of of their forfathers, getting handed the septors of power, that nepotism and corrupt lineage of privilege, and NEVER considering anything that might take a few dollars out of their vast bank accounts….and for that fuck that said the poor are genetically inferior….your an ass clown….may karma fix all of you

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