>> House Republicans unveiling their long awaited plan to repeal and replace President Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, the Affordable Care Act. The key differences in their proposed legislation, no more tax penalties for those who refuse to buy insurance.>> Mandating every American to buy Government approved health insurance was never the right solution for our country.
>> But the new plan will encourage Americans to stay covered by charging a 30% penalty for any gap in health plans. Also, government tax credits to off set the cost of premiums and deductibles will now be distributed according to age rather than income, but available in full to those earning less than $75,000 annually.
And the expansion of Medicaid, which pulled in about 10 million newly insured people through Obama Care, would end in 2020 with a cap on funding after that. Still, two of the most popular features of the ACA will remain. Requiring coverage for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and allowing children to stay on their parent's plans until age 26.
It's not clear if the bill has enough support to pass the Republican led congress, what the over all cost would be, or how many of the 20 million people who gained health insurance through Obamacare will be able to retain some type of coverage. Conservative Republicans Senator Rand Paul, tweeting Tuesday, the House leadership plan is Obamacare Lite.
It will not pass. Conservatives are not going to take it. It's even unclear where President Trump himself stands on the legislation, tweeting Tuesday, our wonderful new Healthcare Bill is now out for review and negotiation. It goes next to two House committees for review.