Officials Introduce Bill in Attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act

As has been very well documented over the past six years, the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act is not without its detractors, especially in congress. Now, a group of Republican leaders within Congress have unveiled a health care reform plan of their own, a plan that they hope would lead to the repealing of the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich) and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) proposed the bill. It is titled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment (CARE) Act, and would repeal the existing ACA and replace it with what the congressmen call “patient-focused reforms” with the intention of reducing the overall costs of health care and increasing access to high-quality health care for everyone.

The major differences between the ACA and CARE, according to the senators, are in how the laws are regulated. While the ACA is government-centric, the Patient CARE act would “put patients in charge of their health decisions.” The act would also give states a greater ability to regulate insurance products within their jurisdiction.

The proposed legislation has been in various stages of drafting for the better part of the past year, but it appears that senate Republicans are now ready to act on it. The reality, however, is that there is a very small chance of the Affordable Care Act being repealed any time soon,

Still, the recent developments with the bill indicate that we are still in for a long battle against the existing health care model, and that there may be many more reforms on the way.

When health care reforms affect you and your practice, be sure to contact the knowledgeable New York attorneys at Buttaci Leardi & Werner, LLC for reliable guidance and advice.

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