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Why the House Republican Plan to Replace Obamacare Isn't True Healthcare Reform, and How They Can Fix It

BY Adam Brandon and Dr. Chad Mathis
Originally Published in Washington Examiner by Adam Brandon and Dr. Chad Mathis on 3/15/17.

Just last week, House Republicans released an Obamacare replacement plan. They are touting the legislation as "comprehensive healthcare reform." But that label is a misnomer. The plan is not comprehensive, and it's not even healthcare reform.

As a doctor, the basic elements of my medical practice didn't change with the passage of the "Affordable" Care Act. I still meet with patients, look at their records, perform an examination and then design a treatment plan with them. The patient's ability to obtain the treatment that I prescribe has changed. When they contact their insurance coordinator, they will often find out either that the service isn't covered or that they haven't fulfilled their out-of-pocket deductible.

The problem with Obamacare is that it's not healthcare reform — it's health insurance reform, and a terrible one at that.