Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn offers plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

Sen. Tom Coburn and two other Republican senators propose a blueprint to provide coverage for the uninsured.
by Chris Casteel Modified: January 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm •  Published: January 27, 2014

States would be given more power to design their own Medicaid programs, and people eligible for Medicaid could opt instead to take the tax credits and buy their own policies.

The proposal would reinstate some of the more popular elements of Obamacare: Insurance companies could not put lifetime caps on benefits; dependent coverage would be required for those younger than age 26; and people with pre-existing conditions couldn't be kicked out of their plans.

“For millions of Americans, Obamacare itself has become a pre-existing condition that has caused them to lose their insurance, their doctors and their choices,” Coburn said Monday.

“Congress has a responsibility to not only repeal this misguided law but replace it with a plan that will provide better care at a lower cost, and will help preserve programs like Medicaid instead of driving them closer to bankruptcy.”

The proposal also would require more transparency from the insurance and medical industries regarding the costs of procedures.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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