Alexander: House Bill Would Help 40,000 Tennesseans Who May Otherwise Have Zero Obamacare Insurance Options Next Year

House health and tax committees introduce legislation to begin Obamacare repeal and replace

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7 –Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the American Health Care Act, legislation introduced in the House to begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare:

“One especially encouraging aspect of the House bill is that it would help 40,000 Knoxville-area residents who are expected to have no insurance plans available on the exchange next year by allowing them to use their Affordable Care Act subsidy outside of the exchange.  The bill also allows subsidies to be used to purchase lower cost health plans than allowed under current law, which would provide relief to Tennesseans facing increased premiums on the Obamacare exchanges across the state. The House begins the committee process on the bill this week, but this bill clearly would provide Americans with a broader choice of plans, rein in the out-of-control Medicaid entitlement spending, and give states flexibility to provide Americans with access to low-cost insurance.”

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