Congressman Tom Price to Unveil Another Comprehensive Health Care Bill

Price says it is important GOP shows they are not just repealing health care without a solution.


Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 38th time, but this time around he says he's got a solution to replace it with.

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Price will introduce legislation this week that would repeal and replace President Barack Obama's landmark legislation. Price says his most recent crusade against "Obamacare" is similar to a bill he introduced last Congress and is an attempt to rebrand the GOP not as the party of 'no,' but as a part of doers.

On Capitol Hill, even some Democrats like Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont, who helped write the legislation, have voiced public concerns about implementing health care.

"We are working on a health care bill right now that we believe is the positive alternative to Washington running your health care and we are excited," Price told reporters during a breakfast Wednesday. "Senator Baucus was very wise when he observed the law, when it is fully implemented, is going to be a trainwreck. I think what we need to do is pull the emergency break before the wreck occurs."

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More than 40 percent of Americans, according to a Kaiser Foundation poll, are not even aware the Affordable Care Act is still law, partly because of so many headlines stating Republicans in the House have repealed it.

Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, says there are numerous other solutions that "embrace patient centered health care," that he isn't ready to give up on trying to buck the Affordable Care Act.

"My fear is that if this law is allowed to come into its full glory, it won't work. It will collapse, but in the interim real people will be hurt," Prices says.

Price says unlike the president's plan, which mandates individuals have health insurance, the Republican solution would create a market where prices were low enough that individuals would be incentivised to pick up coverage. Price says his plan would give individuals tax breaks for signing up for insurance.

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"We propose making it financially feasible for every single American, and attractive from a financial standpoint for every single American to purchase the coverage they want for themselves, not that the government wants for them, and you do that through the tax code," Price says.

Under the Affordable Care Act, uninsured Americans can receive health care subsidies to sign up for the insurance exchanges.

Price's bill would also give doctors more protection in court against malpractice lawsuits. Part of what drives the cost of medical care up is the roughly $800 billion in unnecessary tests and care that doctors order to cover their bases in case they are ever summoned to court for administering poor care.

Price also proposes giving Americans insurance for life instead of having them transfer insurance as they go from one job to another. This is especially significant considering the average American will work for 12 different employers over the course of their lifetime.

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"It is like a 401K plan. You lose your job, you leave your job, you take it with you," Price says,

This is not the Georgia lawmaker's first time trying to curb the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in June, Price introduced another piece of legislation that would keep the scandal-ridden IRS from being the entity that checks Americans have insurance and slaps them with fees if they do not.

Price's bills, however, even if they make it out of committee and pass on the House floor will be dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has blasted GOP members for wasting time in the House on repealing a bill that is the law of the land. Price's bill has no shot at becoming law until at least 2016, and then only if the Republicans keep the House, as well as win back the Senate and the White House.

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