Burr: Not too late to replace Affordable Care Act

Posted February 20, 2014

— Republicans on Capitol Hill are shifting their strategy to deal with the Affordable Care Act. Instead of calling for a dismantling of the health care law, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and others have proposed an alternative.

"The main focus on health care reform should be cost," Burr said Thursday during a taping of WRAL News' public affairs program "On the Record."

As much as Republicans oppose the Affordable Care Act, the plan backed by Burr and Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Orrin Hatch of Utah actually keeps some of the key concepts of the health care law.

"We want to keep kids able to stay on parents' insurance until 26. It makes all the sense in the world to have a healthy population insured under the parents' plan," he said. "We want to make sure pre-existing disease is not something that knocks you out of the market."

Under the plan, there would be no online health exchanges for people to shop for coverage, but the government would still offer subsidies to help people buy insurance. The plan also would repeal the corporate taxes now used to fund the law.

"When you eliminate a 1 percent tax on medical devices, you're bringing down the cost of health care," Burr said. "When you eliminate a 3 percent tax on health insurance premiums, you're now bringing down everybody's health care costs."

The proposal would, however, add a tax for employer-sponsored insurance plans, which cover about 56 percent of Americans.

"Very few would feel the effects" of that tax, Burr said.

He said he still believes that, although the majority of the health care law has already been implemented, it still can be replaced.

"It is impossible to do it without damage to the system that's already been done," he said. "I believe there's already been structural damage done to health care in America."


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  • veryfrustrated1 Feb 26, 2014

    Just curious myself. Lefties scream that the Voter ID law discriminatory & racist, because it requires a government identification card to vote! Why then is the ACA not at least as discriminatory & racist since it also requires a government identification card for participation?!!!! Further more, health coverage is now a legal mandatory governmental requirement, for which lack of participation is a fineable offense, while voting is still optional. Can one of you really smart lefties explain this?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ALECarolina Feb 24, 2014

    Just curious, but I lived here for decades before Richard Burr moved to NC and ended up in the US Senate "representing" us..........can anybody tell what he's ever done for NC?

    (besides cater to his out of state special interest sponsors, that is)

  • Bill Mooney Feb 24, 2014
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    It's not too late to expand Medicaid instead of NC taxpayer money going to other states.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 24, 2014

    To think he actually went on TV and said all of this. Make ya wonder don't it?

  • wilson321 Feb 24, 2014

    This government shouldn't be in our health care, and Burr is a self-serving hypocrite.

  • Mo Blues Feb 23, 2014

    Direct pay: you pay for your healthcare services. Price negotiated with provider/hospital.

    Insurance: You and your neighbors pay an insurer who negotiates rates and pays on your behalf as well as covers you for unforeseen healthcare problem

    Government-directed insurance: You and neighbors are forced to pay higher rates to cover not only yourselves, but anyone the government deems "worthy" of charity healthcare. Also your employer is forced to pay a good portion of your insurance, so has to factor that in to what they can afford to pay you.

    Obamacare: You, your neighbors, your employer, Girl Scouts, small business and all taxpayers pay insurers who pay on you behalf. Cost of overhead and taxes factored into cost of good and services and what they can pay you.

    Single payer. Government takes money out of the economy, and now everyone who pays taxes must pay for their healthcare coverage, an insurer, and a bloated government bureaucracy before realizing one dime of healthcare.

  • funnything Feb 22, 2014

    Burr: Not too late to replace Affordable Care Act
    Replace with what? GOP wants to keep major parts of the ACA, why not just tweak it as needed?

    It's stuff like this republicans, it's stuff like this . . .

  • Bobby Medlin Feb 22, 2014
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    Who is this guy? We only see Burr when the GoP wants him to head off some type of progress.

  • Hubris Feb 21, 2014

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    Can you type that out in English next time?

  • aqak33 Feb 21, 2014