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Republican lawmakers introduced a comprehensive replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday.

Simply titled the “Obamacare Replacement Act,” Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) presented the new bill in a press conference.

“I think that's what's really represented here in this bill that a lot of folks have worked on, whether from the caucus standpoint or from Senator Paul's standpoint, is an inflection point,” Sanford said. “This is not about replacing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. This is about where do we go next in terms of healthcare so that people are in control.”

The bill entails a handful of different measures, including an elimination of the essential health benefits requirement, the creation of a $5,000 tax credit for individuals and families contributing to a health savings account, and the option to purchase health insurance across state lines.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) called it “a conservative solution for health care concerns for America,” adding that it put forth:

“...a definitive plan that will address the concerns that many of my constituents and constituents across the country have raised with regards to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.”

Meadows also noted that the bill was the “official position” of the Freedom Caucus and would serve as the companion to Paul's bill in the Senate.

Meadows added that their bill was much more in line with conservatives' plans compared to the replacement bill put forth by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). He thanked the two senators for bringing an alternative plan into the debate, but dismissed the idea that it is a viable option for conservatives:

“We believe that the Collins/Cassidy plan really just institutionalizes the Affordable Care Act in some ways, that says if you like your Obamacare, you can keep it. And it's not a conservative — in fact I don't know of many conservatives that support that position.”

Paul praised newly-minted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for crafting many of their plans during his tenure in the House, which is what makes theirs “a consensus bill.”

“Ours is a bill that takes some of the things that Republicans almost all agree to — we don't take the controversial stuff — there's disagreement on the Medicaid expansion, there's disagreement on refundable tax credits, so we left that out and that's going to be addressed in repeal,” he said.

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@Droid(5 likes)SHAME ON THE REPUBLI-Cants !!! ........... they were sent to Washngton in 2010 after the mid-terms to use the power of the purse to de-fund Obamacare and they FAILED to keep their campaign promises, and they FAILED to get it done, in spite of the FACT that at the time Tom Price had ALREADY written a FULL "replace act" ........... In 2012, Romney campaigned on the promise to FULLY repeal Obamacare on day 1 .........In the 2014 mid-terms the same result happened as 2010 and the R.I.N.O.s once again caved in even though they now controlled the entire congress. Now, after over a year and a half of campaigning on the same promise .... it is obvious that once again the Republi-cant's are letting us ALL down. Obamacare is an absolutely horrible set of laws. In addition to the massive costs, the phony numbers on how many people are "covered", and the unfunded debt, the real guts of Obamacare is extremely sinister. Obamacare gives control of ALL your personal information AND the decision making capability on your healthcare payment responsibilities to ... the I.R.S. !!! ....... Obamacare creates over 150 NEW government agencies and adds 20 new types of taxes ..... Obamacare provides for the President to appoint the I.P.A.B., the Independent Payment Advisory Board, 15 non-elected bureaucrats, to make ALL decisions on healthcare costs and funding. This is RATIONING and government run euthanasia, by pricing ANY treatment out of the market and thereby allowing certain patient populations to die, if their needed treatment is now too expensive based on IPAB rulings. Ezekiel Emmanuel and Jonathan Gruber are the DEVILS who wrote this TAXATION and GOVERNMENT CONTROL Law, with the goal of population-based (notpatient-centered) healthcare, and social engineering. And now, the Republi-cant's still do not have the balls to repeal it ???!!!??? UNACCEPTABLE !!! it must be repealed because it is unconstitutional and morally wrong on so very many levels. It was passed by dirty tricks played by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.
Brian Neal(2 likes)Just get rid of it already! Outlaw the entire unlawful thing! I don't even need a replacement! Just put it back the way it was before this nonsense ever started in the first place! 
Ilse DujmovicI am sick of hearing how the  millions of  people have healthcare now that didn't before Obama care..... Under Obama care however so many people that had perfectly good healthcare suddenly could no longer afford healthcare for the obvious reasons everyone knows by now. The only ones really happy with Obama care now are those that never had health care, never worked and are on our dime anyway, and those that shouldn't be supported nor subsidised by us either. And don't anyone forget all the other stuff that is attached to Obama care that has nothing to do with Health care at all. And what about a 26 year old on his parents health insurance? Don't most of us have families by the time we are 26 years old? Are responsible and should no  longer depend on daddy. I would put money on the fact that no one that shoved this garbage down our throat never read the 14,000 pages that grew to over 20,000. When Dr'sand other health care workers quit their professions there must be somehting rotten in Denmark.