Rep. Mark Sanford laid out his plans to sponsor legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare) at the monthly Lowcountry Conservative GOP Breakfast hosted by Kelly’s BBQ in Ladson. A group of Obamacare advocates attended the breakfast and participated in the question and answer session.
Sanford said the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be repealed the same way in which it was passed in 2010 – through the budget reconciliation process. He expressed that Congress needs to quickly repeal the ACA and replace it with legislation which increases competition among insurance companies and medical care providers. Sanford expressed that the ACA was “mathematically impossible” because it worked under the assumption that healthy young adults would purchase expensive insurance policies that they didn’t want.
The replacement bill that Sanford is working on will be modeled after Sen. Rand Paul’s Obamacare Replacement Act (S-222). It will provide insurance coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions and adult children up to the age of 26. Paul’s legislation calls for consumers to be able to purchase medical insurance policies in other states and allows for small business, trade and professional associations and churches to provide group policies. It will expand the use of tax-free Health Savings Accounts to pay for insurance premiums as well as preventive care and medicine.
Sanford praised the audience for its respectful behavior. There have been protests in other Congressional Districts in which Obamacare advocates shouted down Republican Congressmen. Sanford said, “Thanks for your civility. This proves that people with different perspectives can come together and work things out.”