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Freedom Caucus members open to Sanford’s ObamaCare replacement

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A new ObamaCare replacement plan from Rep. Mark Sanford is viewed favorably by the conservative Freedom Caucus, Rep. David Brat (R-Va.) said Tuesday. 

While the caucus hasn’t taken a formal position on the bill, Brat said it is widely liked by its members. 

Brat said Sanford’s bill — which has not been introduced yet — is similar to one introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the upper chamber. 

“It’s pretty much reciprocal from the Senate side. There’s not much change to it,” Brat told reporters. 

{mosads}“I don’t know of anything different in it.” 

Paul’s plan includes a tax credit of up to $5,000 per person to use as part of a Health Savings Account to pay for medical care. 

That tax credit appears to be larger than those offered in other Republican healthcare plans.

The plan would abolish many of the central elements of ObamaCare, including the mandate that everyone has coverage. It would eliminate the minimum standards for which health services an insurance plan must cover, which Republicans argue would allow for cheaper, less comprehensive plans.

It would also eliminate some of ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Instead, Paul’s bill proposes a two-year period where people with pre-existing conditions could get coverage. After that, people with pre-existing conditions would be protected if they continuously maintained coverage. ObamaCare, on the other hand, also protects people who are uninsured and signing up for the first time.

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