Senator Begins Health Care Agenda Targeting The ACA


Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on January 14 introduced the No Obamacare Mandate Bill and the Employee Health Care Protection Bill to start moving forward on repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it with what he termed “patient-centered solutions for Americans.”

The No Obamacare Mandate Bill would repeal the medical device tax, the employer mandate and the individual mandate. The Employee Health Care Protection Bill addresses “If you like your health plan, you can keep it,” as it would allow health care plans currently available on the group market to continue being offered through 2018. Small businesses and their workers would have the option to choose plans that are not in the ACA exchanges, according to Cassidy.

Those who choose to enroll, or keep their noncompliant health care plan, would not face a penalty under the ACA’s individual mandate. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the bill would lower the deficit by $1.25 billion. The Employee Health Care Protection Bill of 2014 (HR 3522) was previously introduced and passed by the House on September 11, 2014. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” said Cassidy.

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. This was the promise made to the American people and it should be honored. Repealing Obamacare and replacing it with solutions that give patients the decision making power is my goal. This is one step of many in achieving that goal.”

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