Legislators pen prescriptions to alleviate Obamacare

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For many of us, it’s that special time of the year – the time when you get notification for renewal from your health-care insurance provider.

I got a letter in the mail from my health insurance provider a few weeks ago. It contained good news, bad news and even worse news.

The good news was that my existing plan had not been canceled and was available for renewal.

The bad news was that my premiums would be increasing by 28 percent for the next year.

The even worse news was that, as a small-business owner who pays a portion of my eligible employees’ coverage, their costs would be increasing as well – resulting in an increase in my costs as a business owner.

BY NOW, MOST if not all of us realize that Obamacare is a train wreck.

For those of us who haven’t had our existing health-care plan canceled, we’re experiencing staggering increases in our premiums.

A majority of Americans agree that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced. Or, as I like to say, Obamacare should be turned into a 3-D movie: Delay it, defund it and defeat it!

And while the vast majority of us agree with this, a question asked by many is: Are there any alternatives being offered?

Fortunately, the answer is yes.

David Roe, R-Tenn., on behalf of the House of Representatives’ Republican Study Committee, introduced the American Health Care Reform Act, House Resolution 3121, to repeal and replace Obamacare, saving billions in taxes.

According to the RSC, H.R. 3121 would spur competition among insurance companies, and therefore lower health-care costs, by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. It also would enable small businesses to pool together and get the same buying power as large corporations, resulting in lower costs.

H.R. 3121 also limits trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages by reforming medical malpractice laws without weakening protection for patients.

Reforming the tax code to allow a standard deduction for health insurance to be available for families and individuals – just as it is for companies – would level the playing field, according to H.R. 3121.

Also under H.R. 3121, Health Savings Accounts would be expanded, increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars that individuals can use for health-care expenses.

State-based high-risk pools would be created and strengthened by H.R. 3121, allowing individuals with pre-existing conditions to purchase health insurance.

Finally, H.R. 3121 would ensure that no federal funding of abortions will be allowed.

Another bill proposing comprehensive health-care reform is H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act of 2013, authored by U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R- Ga.

LIKE H.R. 3121, H.R. 2300 repeals Obamacare, allows for the purchasing of health-insurance plans across state lines, and provides for the reforming of medical malpractice laws.

It also calls for tax reforms to even the playing field between individuals and small businesses and large corporations.

H.R. 2300 would allow individuals to keep their health-care policies that are provided by their employers when they lose or change jobs.

This portability is important since more than half of all insured Americans have plans provided by their employers and the average American worker has between 10 and 12 different employers in a lifetime. It would assure that individuals who like their plan can keep it, and therefore could continue to see their preferred doctors.

FINALLY, H.R. 2300 would provide Americans with a number of incentives such as deductions, tax credits, refundable tax credits and refundable tax credits to purchase health-
care policies, as opposed to the penalties imposed by Obamacare.

Yes, Obamacare is a
train wreck and should be
repealed and turned into a 3-D movie.

And yes, there are alternatives such as H.R. 3121 and H.R. 2300 that will provide Americans with health-care insurance, reduce costs, save taxpayers money and improve the greatest health-care system in the world.

(The writer, R-Pooler, is chief deputy whip of the Georgia Senate.)

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GACopprhed 12/21/13 - 11:17 pm
None of these have a

None of these have a snowball's chance in passing, nor should they have. Who really thinks that the party who brought us the Recession of 08, two unfunded wars costing billions a day, and has benefited this country in no manner, could or would do anything that would help. Who will protect you when that insurance you buy from another state isn't regulated here in Georgia? You will be out of luck. If insurance awards are reduced, what will keep your doctor from malpractice? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, getting the same results. THAT IS the Republican Tea Party. Ridiculous.

soldout 12/22/13 - 03:52 am
the solution

The solution is energy healing like NAET which reduces the demand for drug related health services by 70%. It is cheap when done by trained medical folks and can be taught to anyone in minutes to do for themselves. You have an electrical system (per Dr. Becker in cross currents) that runs your immune system. Fix the electrical system and the immune system can handle the problem. God designed this system at creation and everyone has used it at times but didn't know it had a name. When a three year gets hit by a ball on the arm and grabs his arm he is doing energy healing. No one tells him to do that but his body does it automatically because your body is designed to heal, not by evolution but a loving God.

Riverman1 12/22/13 - 08:25 am
I just can't believe anyone

I just can't believe anyone seriously thought we could put millions more on Medicaid without somebody having to pay for it.

ymnbde 12/22/13 - 08:39 am
they've increased the ratio of doctors to patients

and the quality of care can only be reduced accordingly
they've decreased the ratio of payers to takers
and the price of care can only be increased accordingly
they've lied and lied to take over health care
the same people who are so incompetent at education in public schools
are going to show us a whole new level of incompetence
a very well-written common sense article
we should have optimized the old system
and educated more doctors
because the only way to lower costs and improve care
is to have more, and better educated, doctors
not bureaucrats
but i guess any country with such a horrible education system
can do no less
school choice... it's the only way to fix this mess

teaparty 12/22/13 - 09:01 am
"Who really thinks that the

"Who really thinks that the party who brought us the Recession of 08, two unfunded wars costing billions a day "
GAC, I don't disagree about unfunded wars but most of the democrats voted for them. The major thing that caused the recession to be so bad was the housing bubble caused by the democrats. The policies of the idiot in the whitehouse has caused the recession to last much longer than it should have.

deestafford 12/22/13 - 10:06 am
The thing is...

The thing is that this manna from heaven called obamacare was suppose to take care of the uninsured but the CBO estimates there will still be 30 million people still uninsured after its implementation.

It is really a shame that the media does not point out what is contained in this column; yet, when some liberal states the Republicans want only to repeal and have no alternative they never point out the propose alternatives. Of course, why would I expect something simple like that?

As many here have already said over time that this was about power and not healthcare. Obama couldn't give a hoot about healthcare. It's about government control over people's lives.

The more people the democrats get nursing on the teats of the federal government the more votes they will get. Just as LBJ said his Great Society would get the blacks (not the term he used, by the way) voting Democratic for generations. And you know what? He was 100% correct and now the Democrats are going after future generations with more handouts.

dichotomy 12/22/13 - 12:38 pm
"turned into a 3-D movie:

"turned into a 3-D movie: Delay it, defund it and defeat it!"

3D......I like this.

Everyone knows that the '08 recession was caused by the housing bubble...the housing bubble created by the DEMOCRATS. Yes, the banks had to try and do something with all of these bad loans. I don't blame them a bit. When the government forces you to do stupid things you are entitled to do whatever necessary for self-preservation.

The housing bubble hit the people. That caused the recession. The unfunded wars were simply debt.....and Obama has proven that the debt did not crash the economy. The DEMOCRAT housing bubble crashed the economy with government interference in private businesses and banking.

Obamacare is ANOTHER DEMOCRAT housing bubble which will now HURT THE PEOPLE. It isn't just debt. It will negatively impact the finances and health care of EVERY WORKING TAXPAYER. DEMOCRAT policies ALWAYS hurt the middle class WORKING TAXPAYERS.

Both parties voted overwhelmingly for BOTH wars, but the cost of the wars did not cause the crash of '08. Long term debt did not crash the economy. The DEMOCRAT housing bubble caused the crash of '08. Democrat policies that hurt the individuals by immediately taking money out of their pockets is what causes crashes and the DEMOCRAT housing bubble of '08 caused that one. The DEMOCRATS' OBAMACARE will hurt working taxpayers and will ALSO dramatically increase the long term DEBT when we have to borrow money to pay for all of the people going onto Medicaid or getting government subsidies. Democrat policies are always catastrophes full of unintended consequences.

Democrat policy of forcing banks to make mortgage loans to unqualified individuals..........CATASTROPHE. Obamacare........another CATASTROPHE.

George Bush tried to warn the Democrat congress about the coming housing bubble. They did not listen. As soon as it became apparent Obama, another liberal socialist Democrat, was going to win the election the economy crashed. The Republicans tried to warn us about Obamacare......they were 100% right. But y'all did not listen. You will be paying for it.

carcraft 12/22/13 - 01:27 pm
Gacopperhed The crash of 08

Gacopperhed The crash of 08 was due to sub prime mortgages. The House and Senate were ran by Democrats who refused to ANY THING about pulling back on government guarantees of sub prime loans! Bush asked multiple times. Barney Franks response "it isn't broke "! When the bottom fell out of the housing market it was Bush' fault, right?

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