During a Fox News interview, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) said that this weekend House Republicans took the opportunity to finalize their Obamacare replacement plan.
“This plan will be out next week, and everybody will have a chance to see it,” Rep. Carter, who is a pharmacy owner and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Fox News’ “America’s News Headquarters.”
While Republicans have endured criticism over the secretive replacement plan, as displayed last week by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who staged a media event in the Capitol building wherein he went room to room with a portable copy machine to find a draft of what he called House Republican leadership’s “secret” bill.
Top Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan have dismissed criticism by Paul and congressional Democrats by stating that the bill will go through an open committee process.
“Give me a break,” Ryan sarcastically responded to Paul’s stunt.
They have also insisted that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which associates costs with the bill, are aware of the details of the bill. However, they argue revealing too much information could give those who oppose the agenda the opportunity to defeat the bill before it’s even made public.
Carter told Fox News that Americans with pre-existing medical conditions will qualify for coverage, just as they did under Obamacare.
He also said the replacement plan will still allow young adults to stay on their parents’ plans and that said insurance plans won’t be limited to the states in which they were purchased.
Carter also noted that there will be no penalty for not buying insurance as with Obamacare’s so-called “individual mandate.”
“We’ve said we’re trying to get a plan that is more accessible, more affordable, and that’s patient-centered,” Carter said. “That’s the key.”
H/T: Fox News
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