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House Conservatives Offer Obamacare Alternative

The legislation, advanced by the Republican Study Committee, would expand tax breaks for people who buy their own health insurance and increase funding for high-risk pools.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: House Conservatives Unveiling Alternative To 'Obamacare' With Bigger Tax Break For Consumers
A large group of House conservatives unveiled legislation Wednesday providing expanded tax breaks for consumers who purchase their own insurance and increasing the government funding for high-risk pools, the Republicans’ first comprehensive alternative to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Under the proposal by the Republican Study Committee, individuals who purchase coverage approved for sale in their state could claim a deduction of $7,500 against their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of the insurance. Families could deduct $20,000 (9/18).

Fox News: House Conservatives Submit Bill To Replace ‘Obamacare,’ Amid ‘Defund’ Fight
A group of House conservatives introduced legislation Wednesday that members say will replace ObamaCare and its “unworkable” taxes and mandates with a plan that expands tax breaks for Americans who buy their own insurance. Under the proposal endorsed by the 175-member Republican Study Committee, Americans who purchase coverage through state-run exchanges can claim a $7,500 deduction against their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of the insurance. Families could deduct $20,000. The plan -- which appears to be congressional Republicans' first comprehensive alternative to President Obama's health care overhaul -- also increases government funding for high-risk pools (9/18).

The Arizona Republic: Ariz. Rep. Gosar Touts New GOP Bill As Alternative To ‘Obamacare’
Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and other conservative Republicans unveiled a bill Wednesday that would repeal the "Obamacare" health care law and replace it with what they describe as a “free-market” alternative. The American Health Care Reform Act was drawn up by the Republican Study Committee’s Health Care Working Group. Gosar, a dentist, is part of that group (Kelly, 9/18).

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