California Healthline: The CARE Act: A New GOP Approach to the ACA or a Missed Opportunity?

by Anthony Wilson,

“[I]f you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, increase choice, tell America what you’d do differently. Let’s see if the numbers add up. But let’s not have another 40-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans …” — President Obama, last week in his State of the Union address 

Three Republican senators — Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) — seem to have done just that, and hours before Obama delivered his speech.

On its face, the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act, or CARE Act, feels different than the other plans offered by the GOP.

Yes, the proposal guts many of the ACA’s major provisions. It would repeal the ACA’s individual mandate, employer mandate and minimum coverage requirements, among other things.

However, unlike most other Republican proposals, the CARE Act would keep in place some of the more popular pieces of the ACA, such as banning insurers from imposing lifetime limits on benefits and allowing children to remain on their parents’ health plans until age 26.

Below, California Healthline examines what health policy experts are saying about the proposal.


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