As observers await a Supreme Court decision in the case against Obamacare subsidies, Republican lawmakers are taking up the challenge of drafting a replacement for the historic healthcare law in the event the plaintiffs prevail.
According to The New York Times, senior Republicans on both sides of Congress are developing proposals that would determine the fate of the 7.5 million American in 34 states who — depending on the outcome of King v. Burwell — could lose the financial support afforded to them through the federal exchange.
In the House, Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Fred Upton of Michigan, and John Kline of Minnesota have proposed an “off ramp” that would allow states to opt out of the law’s main requirements.
Their plan, which they call an “off-ramp … toward patient-centered health care,” would replace the subsidies with tax credits available to consumers whenever needed, not just during tax filing season. At the same time, states would be allowed to opt out of Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates.