Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Dana RohrbacherTrump calls for congressional investigation into Mueller probe after Justice Dept. ‘lose control’ over DOJ ethics investigation Senate Republicans offer bipartisan budget plan MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday blasted the Democratic-led effort to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), calling it a “shameful” plan that he said is “unacceptable.”
“The Affordable Care act is one of the greatest achievements of our country’s history.
It is a proud day for America, and it is shameful that the Democrats would pass a plan that would be worse than it is,” Rohrabachers statement read.ADVERTISEMENTThe announcement comes after the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill met for nearly three hours on Wednesday night, but the two sides failed to reach a compromise.
Democrats, for their part, say they will move forward with a replacement that they hope can be ready by March 2019.
The White House released a revised proposal on Thursday that would include the creation of a small group of “experts” to examine the current system, which critics say is designed to limit access and allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
The new plan would also require insurers to provide a “bronze” rating to people with pre-existing conditions, but Rohrabbers proposal would provide the same coverage to those who get it.
Rohrabacher said Democrats’ “bipartisan” proposal “lacks a plan to address the ACA’s underlying problems.”
The GOP leader said the “shameless” approach would mean Americans will have to choose between the ACA and the replacement.
“They have a chance to be better than this.
They have a choice, and they choose the worst,” he said.”
We need to fix this.”
Democrats have said they are “firmly committed” to replacing the ACA, which will take effect in 2020, but they have not given a clear timeline.
They also have not released a plan for how they would replace the law with a new health care system.
Republican Rep. Mike Conaway Mike William ConawayTrump calls on House to pass healthcare bill before Trump leaves office House Republicans unveil new healthcare bill for Senate Read moreDemocrats are also considering legislation that would allow individuals to buy insurance through state-run exchanges rather than through federally run exchanges.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiHouse Democrats unveil new health insurance legislation for Senate Democratic leadership to introduce in March.
Pelosi on Thursday suggested she would support a Democratic proposal to move toward a single-payer healthcare system that is modeled on Medicare.
“The Democratic leadership’s solution to the ACA is not a solution that works for middle class Americans and for low-income Americans,” she said.
Pulosi also said she supported the House’s bill to expand the availability of tax credits for the purchase of private insurance, and said she is willing to work with GOP leadership to address those issues.
Republicans have offered a variety of ways to reform the ACA to address its flaws.