House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) denounced the GOP's alternative to the Democrat-sponsored healthcare reform bill, claiming it would not deliver real solutions to rein in costs or protect consumers.
Republicans will be given the opportunity to offer their language during House floor debate, Hoyer said, adding that the alternative had been sent to the Congressional Budget Office to be priced or “scored.”
Hoyer picked apart the main components of the GOP language, including a provision that would allow group pooling for individuals, businesses and trade groups. “As envisioned by the Republicans, this policy would effectively lead to cherry-picking and discrimination against sicker Americans,” he said in a written statement.
By comparison, the Democrat-sponsored bill, retitled as the Affordable Health Care for America Act, would create a national health insurance exchange that would lower administrative costs, and allow individuals and small businesses the ability to access insurance at more affordable group rates that to date have only been available to large employers, Hoyer said.
In addition, the GOP alternative would “allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions,” a practice the Democrats are attempting to eliminate in their bill, Hoyer said.