House conservatives on Tuesday announced a plan that they said is an alternative to "Medicare for All" and other single-payer proposals being debated by Democratic presidential candidates.
The Republican Study Committee said its plan would undo many of the coverage regulations spelled out in the Affordable Care Act.
The plan would keep protections in place for those with pre-existing conditions. But it would allow states to decide which “essential health benefits” to cover, remove the ban on annual and lifetime limits on covered benefits and remove the ACA's rules that plans cover certain preventive services for free.
It would also allow for the expansion of health insurance ministries, which are not actual insurance plans, and don’t always cover people when they need medical care.
The congressmen also proposed taking money currently being spent on the ACA's subsidies and establishing high-risk pools. The plan also calls for undoing states’ Medicaid expansions and enhanced Medicaid funding in favor of a block grant.