GOP Rep: Everyone should have accessible, affordable health coverage

Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessOvernight Regulation: Senate passes Dodd-Frank rollback | SEC charges Theranos CEO with 'massive fraud' | Former Equifax exec charged with insider trading | FEC proposes changing digital ad rules Overnight Health Care: CEO of insurer lobby group stepping down | SEC charges Theranos founder with 'massive fraud' | Abortion fight holds up health deal House panel to examine 25 opioid bills next week MORE (R-Texas) says the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare will include accessible and affordable health coverage.

“I think everyone should have a policy that is accessible and affordable,” Burgess told CNN’s “New Day.”

“Again, that doesn’t mean cheap, but it does mean affordable within what the disposable income a family has to spend each month. I do think that’s possible.”

Burgess, who chairs the House subcommittee on health, argued that repealing the individual mandate was essential to appealing ObamaCare.

“In my book, repealing the individual mandate is on an equal par with repealing the Affordable Care Act,” he said.

Republicans last month took the first steps toward repealing President  Obama’s signature healthcare legislation. Lawmakers are currently working on a plan to replace the healthcare law.

President Trump, who campaigned on repealing ObamaCare, said he would like a replacement to come “very quickly.”

Burgess said on CNN that there should be movement within a few weeks on a plan from House Republicans, but did not have an answer on the Senate.

“Everyone will have coverage available to them," he said.