House GOP releases bill replacing Obama health care overhaul

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government’s health care role and is expected to result in fewer people having insurance coverage.

House committees planned votes on the legislation Wednesday. That will launch perhaps the year’s defining battle in Congress, and GOP success is by no means assured because of internal divisions.

The plan would repeal the law’s fines on people who don’t purchase health insurance. Instead of the statute’s income-based premium subsidies, people would get tax credits based on age. The subsidies would phase out for higher-earning people.

Obama’s expansion of Medicaid to more lower-income people would continue until 2020. The bill would eventually change how the federal government helps finance that program.

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  1. The government has no business in providing health care…Go to work, make money and buy your own! If we didn’t have so many dead beat lazy individuals that live off our tax dollars (including illegal immigrants) this would not even be an issue. I am paying $14,000 per year for my family to have insurance with $2,500 deductible for each of us. Before the Socialist regime of Obama I was paying under $3,000 per year and insurance was better with a $1,000 deductible. I am not interested in paying for other peoples health care. If you don’t want to go to work to pay for your own it is your choice, not mine!

  2. The government needs to get out of healthcare and insurance for it all together. We shouldn’t need insurance to get a Dr. appt. any more than we need it to get our brakes or oil changed on the car. Sure, insurance for an accident is needed so insurance for catastrophic issues may be; but get out of forcing everyone to have it to get their oil changed.

    Also, rolled back is not repealed.

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