Republican lawmakers roll out health-care plan

health-care plan

That some Republican lawmakers are increasingly dissatisfied with a bipartisan effort to fix the health-care system is explicitly reflected by their Wednesday roll out of two health care bills that evade the public insurance plan preferred by many Democrats!

The Patients Choice legislation has been introduced by the Republican Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, supported by Republican Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Rep. Devin Nunes of California.

The Republican health-care plan calls for setting up of state-wise health insurance exchanges, comprising private health insurers. The system - to receive funds via taxes from employer-provided health care plans - would facilitate the purchase of insurance by consumers through the respective exchanges, with a tax credit of $2,200 for individuals and $5,700 for families.

Commenting on the legislation sponsored by Ryan and supporters, Karen Davenport - Director of health policy at the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund - said the tax subsidy of the plan would not cover even 50 percent of the cost of health-care premiums of the average family.

Meanwhile, another Republican group - comprising Republican Reps. Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania - put forth a bill that largely bans federal interference with private health insurance, other than in cases of Medicaid, Medicare, veterans or military health care.