Peter Suderman on How Republicans Could Replace Obamacare

is the GOP’s health care plan? For years, this has been the
rejoinder from supporters of Obamacare whenever asked to confront
the flaws in their own legislation. It was an attack line, but also
a question worth asking: For the last five years, Republicans have
spent plenty of time bashing the president’s health law, but far
less time describing what they would do instead.

A new proposal from Republican Sens. Coburn, Burr, and Hatch
represents a tentative attempt to respond substantively to the
question. It’s called The Patient Choice, Affordability,
Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act, and it’s not intended
to be the answer, but one possibility—a first
step toward a Republican vision for reform. It’s less radical in
scope than Obamacare, writes Senior Editor Peter Suderman, and more
modest in its aims: The goal isn’t to rethink the health care
system. It’s to make it better, cheaper, and more accessible for
the majority of people.

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