Plan to Replace Obamacare Proposed
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives presented a long-awaited bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, finally giving Americans an idea of where health care in the United States may be headed. While many changes and revisions to the proposed legislation are expected, members of Congress may begin voting on parts of it as early as Wednesday, March 8th.
Among other changes to Obamacare, the new legislation—which was presented by the House Ways and Means committee and Energy and Commerce committee—eliminates the tax penalty for people who don't buy health insurance and offers tax credits to people with low income to assist them in buying a health care plan. According to legislators, the proposed bill transfers power from the federal government back to the states.
According to members of Congress who oppose the bill, millions of Americans could lose their health insurance under the proposed legislation. The new bill doesn't provide tax credits to pay for health plans that include coverage for abortion and also defunds Planned Parenthood—which would make it more difficult for woman with low income to obtain health services like birth control, cervical cancer screenings, and mammograms.
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