NY Times - Several Republican senators on Monday proposed a partial replacement for the Affordable Care Act that would allow states to continue operating under the law if they choose, a proposal meant to appeal to critics and supporters of former President Barack Obama’s signature health law.
the proposal, by Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a medical doctor,
and Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican, states could stay
with the Affordable Care Act or they could receive a similar amount of
federal money, which consumers could use to pay for medical care and
“We are moving the locus of repeal to state government,” Mr. Cassidy said. “States should have the right to choose.”
proposal shares some features with House Republican proposals: It would
encourage greater use of health savings accounts and eliminate the
requirement for most Americans to have insurance or pay a tax penalty.
But its option to keep the Affordable Care Act alive in many states will
rankle the most conservative Republicans who have been trying for
nearly seven years to blow up the law.