One of the Republican alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, the Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 2300), has been gaining popularity in recent weeks according to FOX News' Jake Tapper, who said today on "FOX and Friends" that Georgia congressman Tom Price's plan gets more attention than any other GOP proposal.
"[H.R. 2300] does deal with health savings accounts, it deals with tax incentives, it does provide for the patient preexisting conditions," said Tapper. "…. It has to do with reforms of Medicaid and Medicare, and it is across the state lines; it doesn't seem that complicated... The problem for Republicans, or at least their choice so far, is that they have not really pitched one plan, and I think that there's a hunger perhaps in the country that they do that."
Indeed, one of the main criticisms leveled by Democrats against Republicans throughout the seemingly never-ending health care debate has been the lack of alternatives to Obamacare from the GOP.
Price's bill, which he introduced for the last three consecutive Congresses, would save $2.34 trillion over the first ten years, according to former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
According to Price's press release, the H.R. 2300 would save money by:
· Making the purchase of health coverage financially feasible for all Americans,
· Solving the insurance challenges of portability and pre-existing illness,
· Reining in out-of-control costs – particularly those associated with defensive medicine,
· Improving the health care delivery structure.
Price has worked for almost 20 years in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon. He represents Georgia's sixth congressional district.
Click here to view the H.R. 2300.
Click here to read Rep. Price's press release about the bill.