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So What Exactly Is In The Republicans’ Health Plan?

Confused about what's in the American Health Care Act and what's changed from the Affordable Care Act? Media outlets break it down for you.

The Washington Post: GOP Health Care Bill Compared With Obama-Era Law
At first glance, the new health care bill from House Republicans appears to have similarities to the Obama-era law, like tax credits, protections for people with health problems, and the ability of parents to keep young adults on their insurance. But in most cases those components would work very differently under the GOP framework than is currently the case with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 3/8)

NPR: 7 Provisions To Watch In The GOP's Health Care Bill
The GOP plan also retains many of the features the public likes in the Affordable Care Act, like protections for people with existing health conditions. Here are seven provisions to look out for as the congressional debate unfolds over the next few weeks and months. (Fulton, 3/7)

Kaiser Health News: Five Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA
After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative Republicans have derided the new proposal — the American Health Care Act — calling it “Obamacare light.”  It keeps intact some of the more popular features of the ACA, such as allowing adult children to stay on their parents’ health plans to age 26 and, at least in theory, ensuring that people with preexisting conditions will still have access to insurance. (Rovner, 3/8)

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Healthcare After Obamacare: Here's What's In The Replacement Proposal 
House of Representatives Republicans released their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, with a law they say will be less onerous. Most Democrats disagree, saying millions of Americans could lose health coverage or find it too expensive. The Congressional Budget Office has not yet determined the plan's cost or the number of people who might lose coverage. But the debate is underway. (Eaton and Koff, 3/7)

NPR: Analysis: GOP Health Plan Won't Fix Obamacare Problems
On Monday evening, House Republicans finally released their own health care proposal. It would replace Obamacare's mandate to buy insurance and his subsidies to bring down the cost with a fixed refundable tax credit that people can use to buy coverage. Nobody's required to have a health plan. But if you don't get covered at the outset, you'll pay a penalty to buy it later.So does it fix the problems Republicans have laid out? Likely not. (Kodjak, 3/8)

The Washington Post: Republicans Say ‘Every American’ Can Understand Their Obamacare Bill. Except For Me, Apparently.
Republicans' main problem with Obamacare isn't that it insures more people. It's that it does it in a ham-handed way: To hear Republicans describe the 2010 Affordable Care Act is to hear about a knotted tangle of overly burdensome federal government regulations that are strangling the health-care market. Republicans say their version is much cleaner, clearer and simpler. (Phillips, 3/7)

The Washington Post: What Does ‘Repeal’ Mean? The Answer Complicates The GOP’s Health-Care Strategy.
After a day of bad reviews for the GOP leadership’s preferred Affordable Care Act replacement, the House Freedom Caucus was ready for the spotlight. Dozens of reporters and cameramen had set up at the House Triangle. Some cable networks were even taking the Freedom Caucus news conference live, harking back to the time when tea party protests could rattle or derail business in Congress. But a few reporters were being held inside the Capitol by security guards. Vice President  Pence was wrapping a visit to the Hill, talking to Freedom Caucus members, a few of whom had served with Pence when he was a congressman. When the vice president left, some of the conservative rebellion’s leaders were taking a measured — if still skeptical — tone about the American Health Care Act. (Weigel, 3/7)

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