GOP chairman: Our ObamaCare alternative coming before July

GOP chairman: Our ObamaCare alternative coming before July
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyHow centrist Dems learned to stop worrying and love impeachment On The Money: Senate passes first spending package as shutdown looms | Treasury moves to roll back Obama rules on offshore tax deals | Trade deal talks manage to weather Trump impeachment storm White House talking new tax cuts with GOP MORE (R-Texas) said Friday that House Republicans would unveil their ObamaCare replacement plan sometime in the next 45 days.


“The task force is working on it,” Brady said at a Bloomberg Government event. “We'll be laying that out here over the next month and a half.”

Republicans have said that they plan to have Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE’s (R-Wis.) policy task forces lay out their plans before the Republican National Convention in July. 

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), another member of the task force, gave a slightly shorter timeline in mid-April, saying “give us a little time, another month or so.”

Republicans have promised an ObamaCare alternative for years but so far have failed to coalesce behind one or bring one up for a vote. Ryan says he wants to put forward a plan. 

Ryan’s office said earlier this month that the plan is not expected to be put into legislative text, meaning it will remain as an outline of ideas. 

It is unclear how specific that outline will be. 

Ryan put forward one of his ideas on health policy at an event at Georgetown University this week. He said that he wants to end ObamaCare’s ban on insurers discriminating based on pre-existing conditions and instead fund state-based high-risk pools where people with pre-existing conditions could get coverage. 

"Let's fund risk pools at the state level to subsidize their coverage, so that they can get affordable coverage," Ryan said. "You dramatically lower the price for everybody else. You make health insurance so much more affordable, so much more competitive and open up competition." 

Democrats counter that high-risk pools are nothing new — they were around before ObamaCare — and that states never funded them enough to actually support coverage for enough people with pre-existing conditions. 

At the event on Friday, Brady did not give any details of the plan the task force is developing. 

He did say that he envisions people having a healthcare “backpack” that includes a health insurance plan, a health savings account and easy access to their medical records.