A blueprint to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by senior Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) is inadequate and likely will lead to higher premiums and coverage gaps, according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis. Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee, acknowledged that lawmakers should have a sustainable replacement for the ACA before they repeal it. The Senate and House have enacted budget reconciliation measures to initiate the repeal process. Budget reconciliation bills are not subject to Senate filibuster and can pass with a simple majority vote in the Senate majority, which Republicans now enjoy. But the Alexander plan lacks critical details needed to compare it to the ACA in coverage, affordability, and the adequacy of coverage it would provide, CBPP said. It might not retain key ACA protections, including provisions for people with pre-existing conditions, women, and older Americans. Alexander said his plan wouldn't disqualify people with pre-existing conditions from getting insurance. But he didn't explain whether it would retain the ACA protections enabling all pe [...]
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2/17/17 12:35 PM