This bill would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA), and all healthcare related provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA). Laws that had been repealed by the enactment of the PPACA and HCERA would be restored as if they hadn’t been eliminated in the first place.
Congressional committees — including Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and the Committee on the Judiciary — would be directed to think of replacement healthcare proposals to present to the House of Representatives that satisfy the following guidelines:
- Lower healthcare premiums through increased competition and choice;
- Preservation of a patient’s ability to keep his or her health plan if they want to;
- Offer people with pre-existing conditions access to affordable health coverage;
- Reform the medical liability system to reduce unnecessary and wasteful spending;
- Increase the number of insured people in the U.S., and protect the doctor-patient relationship;
- Offer states greater flexibility to administer Medicaid programs;
- Expand incentives for personal responsibility for health care coverage and costs.
Additional guidelines that committees should consider when dreaming up replacement legislation would include:
- Foster economic growth and private sector job creation;
- Prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions and provide conscience protections for healthcare providers;
- Eliminate redundant government programs and wasteful spending;
- Not accelerating the insolvency of entitlement programs or increasing the tax burden on Americans;