A conservative group called the 2017 Project has released an Obamacare alternative which builds upon previous conservative alternatives to the Affordable Care Act. The group contends that the plan would use a conservative strategy to solve the three core problems that Democrats sought to fix with Obamacare: getting more people insured; dealing with the problem of preexisting conditions; and lowering healthcare costs.
“Just as important as what our proposal would do is what it wouldn’t do. It wouldn’t force anyone to buy insurance. It wouldn’t auto-enroll anyone in any plan. It wouldn’t reduce the tax break for employer-based insurance (aside from closing the tax loophole at the high end),” the 2017 Projects Jeffrey Anderson and William Kristol relayed in The Weekly Standard. “It wouldn’t cost anywhere near the $2 trillion over a decade that Obamacare would cost. It wouldn’t undermine religious liberty. It would allow Americans to keep their current plan if they like it.”
The 2017 Project said that offering up an alternative to Obamacare is the best way to keep some of the healthcare law’s favorable components while averting a push to single-payer healthcare from the left that could result from Obamacare’s eventual collapse.
The organization contends that under its plan “health costs would drop, liberty would be secured, and any American who wants to buy health insurance would be able to do so.”
There are three main parts to the plan’s success:
The 2017 Project’s plan is very similar to an Obamacare alternative proposed by Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). That plan, called the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment (CARE) Act, would also retain a handful of popular provisions from Obamacare, like prohibiting insurance companies from imposing lifetime limits on healthcare benefits or discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
Read the full plan on the 2017 Project’s website.