GOP Plans Transition Period to Wean US Off Obamacare

Posted: Dec 02, 2016 8:30 AM

With efforts to reform health care now underway, Republican lawmakers are crafting plans to ease the U.S. off Obamacare, rather than pulling the plug immediately.

Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming physician, gave an outline of the plan on the Senate floor this week, which he said has a goal of doing “no harm.”  

"I want to make a couple of things clear. First of all, nobody is talking about taking people off of insurance without a replacement plan in place. We all understand that there needs to be a transition over time," Barrasso said.

"People have already been hurt too much when they lost their insurance and when their rates went up because of Obamacare and the mandates, and the government saying they know better than families across the country. So we'll be working to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone," he continued.

The plan, he explained, will cut costs, expand health insurance, and allow people to choose their doctors. Additionally, it will include helping young adults and those with pre-existing conditions.

"We'll be talking about ideas, ways to protect people with pre-existing conditions, and letting young people stay on their parents' insurance," he said.