Two GOP lawmakers call for end to ObamaCare program operating in only Arkansas

Two GOP lawmakers call for end to ObamaCare program operating in only Arkansas
© Greg Nash

Two Republican lawmakers are calling for the elimination of a little-known ObamaCare program that costs the federal government $10 million a year.

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsDemocrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay Key takeaways from first public impeachment hearing MORE (R-N.C.), chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, and Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy White House releases rough transcript of early Trump-Ukraine call minutes before impeachment hearing Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a bill Tuesday that would repeal ObamaCare's Multi-State Plan program.

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The program, intended to create competition in the marketplaces, requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) contract with two national health plans, one which must be nonprofit, to compete with plans in every state.

However, the program has not been successful, with only one state — Arkansas — scheduled to participate next year. 

“This mandate is the definition of government waste," Johnson said in a statement. 

"The program has failed to meet statutory requirements and is diverting necessary resources from what should be the OPM’s priorities, such as retirement and security backlogs. Congress needs to let the OPM focus on its job, eliminate this failed program and work to ensure health care is more affordable for all Americans."