“This bill zeroes out the penalties for not buying an unaffordable, undesirable product (the individual and employer mandates), but continues the mandates that make health plans unaffordable: guaranteed issue, community rating, and restrictions on true insurance. Republicans don’t seem to understand that one does not lower costs or make them affordable by forcing somebody else – in this case, taxpayers or low-risk enrollees – to pay them.
“The bill redistributes wealth, continuing the funding of the swamp. The right answer is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free market. For problems that result, seek targeted solutions. If this bill passes, individuals and states need to make maximal use of escape hatches.”
Jane M. Orient, M.D.
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons