Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest legislator out with an Obamacare replacement plan — one that, unlike Cassidy-Collins, makes absolutely no peace-offering to the left.
Paul’s plan would repeal Obamacare entirely, and replace it with a system that is not very good for those who are sick and poor. There would be no more tax credits to make insurance more affordable, and the health law’s mandated benefits (which include things like mental health services and maternity care) would be rolled back as well. After a two-year transition period, the health care law provision that requires insurers to sell to all people, regardless of health status, would disappear. This means insurers could, in some circumstances, charge sicker people higher rates.