05.20.15

ICYMI: Cassidy Obamacare Replacement Plan Gaining Momentum

Tomorrow, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will present his plan, the Patient Freedom Act, a conservative response to protect millions of Americans who are at risk of losing their health care coverage following the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell. The Patient Freedom Act lowers costs, eliminates mandates, gives states the power and puts patients in control of their health care.

Register to attend the event at the Hudson Institute HERE and read more below:

Top Republican drafts bill to replace ObamaCare

By Sarah Ferris

May 14, 2015

As Republicans debate how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare next month, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) promises to have a plan for what happens next.

The freshman senator plans to introduce a bill called the Patient Freedom Act in late May, which is meant to serve as "part two" to the GOP’s response to the looming court case, King v. Burwell.

Cassidy’s plan, which would let states opt out of ObamaCare mandates and instead receive tax credits for health savings accounts, would work in tandem with the GOP’s more immediate response in case the court rules against ObamaCare

The Louisiana senator, who was previously a physician, will officially announce his plan next Thursday during a speech at the Hudson Institute. Legislative language will be released shortly after Memorial Day

 

Read the full story HERE.

 

Sen. Cassidy Maps a Plan to Overhaul Obamacare

By Louise Radnofsky

May 13, 2015

Mr. Cassidy, a freshman senator and a physician before going into politics, outlined a plan to let states choose to opt out of the law, widely known as Obamacare, if the court strikes down the credits.

“We give patients the power by lowering costs, repealing the mandates, and returning power to the states,” he said in interview.  ”We do away with Obamacare mandates,” said Mr. Cassidy of his plan. “I accept the draft and income tax but for them to tell me I have to buy insurance… someone is telling me what to do.”…

Read the full story HERE.

Amid the Ruins of Obamacare

By Scott McKay

May 20, 2015

…This column will bring to light another Republican bill, the Patient Freedom Act to be rolled out Thursday at the Hudson Institute by its author, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)…

That’s why the GOP needs to be waiting with something to replace Obamacare. “Let it burn” would be a good idea if the Democrats controlled Congress, but the fact that, largely because of Obamacare, the 2010 and 2014 midterm blowouts created Republican majorities in both houses of Congress imposes a larger burden. There is wide agreement in Washington that simply allowing King v. Burwell to trash the subsidies, and mandates along with them, without providing some element of relief to the affected consumers, will make the GOP look heartless and cruel once the media is finished with its work…

The aforementioned Cassidy bill, like the more comprehensive Price bill in the House, would offer a chance to escape the Obamacare trap the GOP shouldn’t be in. Essentially, Cassidy would wipe out all the federal mandates — for insurance coverage, for 30-hour work weeks, for the types of conditions to be covered, and so on — for Americans in states choosing to drop them. Meaning that in the 36 states that refused to set up health care exchanges, and in the 39 states where Republicans control at least one house of the state legislature, the odds are good that at the state level the choice will be made to essentially opt out of Obamacare and craft one’s own solution to health insurance…

Passing Cassidy’s bill, which would also incentivize Americans with a tax credit for commencing a health savings account and instituting a requirement of publication of cash prices for health care procedures to reintroduce consumer price sensitivity as a factor in health care, allows the GOP to escape the coming dilemma of its own voters demanding a “let it burn” approach while the public at large clamors for a bailout. That’s a bad political place for the party to be in, and an unnecessary one…