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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
03/15/2017
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.