Michigan Man Leads Obamacare Fix
Fred Upton of Michigan joined fellow Republicans Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and John Kline of Minnesota to ink an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal this week calling for an off ramp for Obamacare. The three all chair powerful committees and propose providing people with different tax credits to help buy health coverage if their existing tax credits are blocked by the court.
The discussion comes as the United States Supreme Court takes on Obamacare once again in King v. Burwell. The case could well end with the so called subsidies for insurance being struck down- and therefore illegal.
However instead of getting rid of Obamacare altogether the three would pick and choose what to keep and what to toss. "No family should pay for this administration's overreach," they write.
For example they would dump the law's requirements for insurers to cover certain benefits along with the law's individual and employer mandates. However they'd keep other parts like the provision allowing parents to keep kids on their plan until age 26. They would also keep one of the most popular features, banning insurers from discriminating against people based on pre-existing conditions. In the op-ed piece they also call for a series of healthcare reforms Republicans have long pushed for like letting people buy insurance across state lines and enacting medical malpractice reform.
Upton and his colleagues summed it up this way: " Under ObamaCare, government controls your choices. Under our proposal, you will.”