Jan 27 2014

Senate Republican Proposal Lowers Health Care Costs, Increases Access to Affordable, Quality Care Without Government-Centered Regulations, Mandates

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act - a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and then replaces it with common-sense, patient-centered reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care.  In contrast with Obamacare and its government centered mandates and regulations, the Senators’ proposal empowers the American people to make the best health care choices for themselves and their families.

Following today’s release of the plan, the three Senators will work with their Senate colleagues and experts across the health care community to further refine and improve upon the proposal, with the goal of building consensus and introducing legislation.

 “The American people have found out what is in Obamacare— broken promises in the form of increased health care costs, costly mandates, and government bureaucracy.  They don’t like it and don’t want to keep it,” said Burr.  “Our nation’s health care system was unsustainable before Obamacare, and the President’s health care plan made things worse.  That’s why the Patient CARE proposal repeals Obamacare and focuses on targeted reforms that will lower costs and expand access to quality care. We can lower costs and expand access to quality coverage and care by empowering individuals and their families to make their own health care decisions, rather than empowering the government to make those decisions for them.”

“For millions of Americans, Obamacare itself has become a preexisting condition that has caused them to lose their insurance, their doctors and their choices. Congress has a responsibility to not only repeal this misguided law but replace it with a plan that will provide better care at a lower cost, and will help preserve programs like Medicaid instead of driving them closer to bankruptcy,” said Dr. Coburn. “It is unfortunate the Senate Majority Leader blocked a vote on an alternative in 2009.  But it’s critical we chart another path forward.  Our health care system wasn’t working well before Obamacare and it is worse after Obamacare.  Americans deserve a real alternative, and a way out.   I’m pleased to take this important step with my colleagues.”   

“Forcing too many Americans out of the insurance they have, away from the doctor they trust and, for some, out of the job they need, Obamacare is a disaster.  With our plan, we’ve shown once again that by empowering Americans – not Washington – with the right tools and information, they will make the best informed health care decisions for themselves,” said Hatch. “After first repealing the President’s health law, we take aim at the chief concerns of the American people - greater economic security by driving down costs and expanding access to high-quality care through increased insurance market competition and reforms.  What we’ve put forward is sustainable and achievable – and without the tax hikes, mandates, and budget-busting spending that have made Obamacare so unpopular with the American people.” 

The Patient CARE Act provides a legislative roadmap to fully repeal the President’s health care law, known as Obamacare, and replace the law with common-sense measures that would:

  • Establish sustainable, patient-centered reforms:
    • Adopt common-sense consumer protections;
    • Create a new protection to help Americans with pre-existing conditions;
    • Empower small business and individuals with purchasing power;
    • Empower states with more tools to help provide coverage while reducing costs; and
    • Expand and strengthen consumer directed health care.
  • Modernize Medicaid to provide better coverage and care to patients:
    • Transition to capped allotment to provide states with predictable funding and flexibility; and
    • Reauthorize Health Opportunity Accounts to empower Medicaid patients.
  • Reduce unnecessary defensive medicine practices and rein in frivolous lawsuits.
    • Medical Malpractice reforms.
  • Increase health care price transparency to empower consumers and patients.
    • Requiring basic health care transparency to inform and empower patients.
  • Reduce distortions in the tax code that drive up health care costs:
    • Capping the exclusion of an employee’s employer-provided health coverage.

A detailed summary of the proposal can be found here

A side-by-side comparison to Obamacare can be found here.

Frequently asked questions on the proposal can be found here.

Illustrative examples of how patients –who are harmed by Obamacare— are helped under the proposal can be found here.



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This is a good start, however what is needed now, is that every single Republican US Senator, sign onto this bill as a co-sponsors!!!  Perhaps a few democrats will join in the effort??!!!!

Herbert - You're right and what's worse......we all continue on with "business as usual."

Finally they show an alternative. That was the lefts answer to the abomination of obamacare. The opposition has never offered an alternative! Now they will!

How about the Government getting out of the Health Care Business!

I'm for that!!

Best answer!  The health care industry worked just fine for years.  Government sticks it nose in, and PRESTO!  All blown to hell! 

There needs to be a way to make the Insurance Companies re-enstate the policies forced out by Obamacare.

When you remove a cancerous tumour,.............what do you replace it with?

What about what we had before and then we could improve that by getting government out of it.

Good idea, but if these Senators expect the demoncrats to accede to it, I know where there are billions of barrels of  America-owned oil under the Dakotas to drill for, meaning, of course, that the subversive commie EPA will never allow us to get to it.


Repeal 14, 16 and 17, and you can tell EPA to take a hike! 

First there was osamacare & now they want to pass Burrcare. Are they really wanting us to trust a RINO solution? They still do not get it. We do not want government run healthcare. We do not want a single payer system. I know that two of the three are RINO's. I am sad to see that the third is going over to the RINO side against true americans who love their country. I served in the military to support my country who embraces values like freedom - liberty & goodness. We have watched these RINO's cross over to the communist progressive side. Why do these traitors support those who only want to destroy America. Burr is from my state of N. Carolina. I am ashamed to say I voted for him. I was mis-informed. I believed his lies. I thought he was a true conservative who loved his country. No more & never again. He is a RINO. No member of my family or extended family supports this RINO. None of them will campaign or vote for him in the future. We are talking to others & trying hard to persuade them that RINO's & democrats are the same evil. Please support tea party candidates & our country.

They're working on his impeachment, (Felony Fraud)  It'd go a lot faster if people would get behind them better.

We may see a break in March of this year.

Remember, if Obama is charged with fraud,  Then every bill he signed is null and void.  Bidden can't become president, because voiding Obama voids his presidential ticket.

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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …


DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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