Senate Republicans revealed their version of health care reform yesterday in a proposal introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (Utah), Tom Corbin (Okla), and Richard Burr (N.C) as a legislative blueprint for conservative reform. Entitled as The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act, its first order of business is to repeal the Presidents Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obama care.
The Republican version retains most of the popular parts of Obama Care such as the lifetime limits rule allowing adult children to remain on parents insurance until age 26.
However it abandons issues unpopular with Conservatives such as Plan regulations and laws charging higher premiums based on age although in a somewhat looser form.
Republicans have concluded that in order to have a chance at winning the majority in both the House and Senate in 2014, they are going to do far more than just persistently attack Obama Care. They have to present an alternative proposal. However, most statistics lean toward a perception that any reform is going to cost the consumer more money.
It has been known for quite some time that even Republicans recognize the need for Health care Reform. However, they seem to be leaning toward a more structured proposal rather than a Hodge podge of different proposals thrown into the hopper only to be resolved when the time for introduction of the program comes to the surface, as is the case in the current HCRA. They would also want more responsibility by the consumer, and less regulatory guidelines by insurers.
Only time will tell as to whether or not the public is receptive to the Republican proposal. Any proposal though will have to have the blessing of the far right Republicans, Tea Party activists, who might even oppose this version of Health Care Reform.
There are those who recognize that health care costs are sky rocketing out of control. However, at the same time any approach to the problem offering a quick fix is not the answer. More advance sturdy and preparation might be needed to enact legislation that would begin to put a dent in health care costs across the country.
Will the Republican proposal make headway? Only time will tell. One thing is sure. If far right conservative Republicans take both the House and Senate in November, Health Care Reform of any kind might be in serious danger.
That’s my point of view……….As usual I look forward to your insights on all the issues of the day.