Palmer Jump Starts Obamacare Replacement Drive

Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare Thursday received a boost  from Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).   Palmer introduced an amendment that  creates a risk-sharing program.   Insurers would be reimbursed for people with expensive illnesses.  "We want to do something that brings down premiums, make sure that we take care of people with pre-existing conditions," Palmer said.  The amendment sets up a federal program for three years.  States would take over the program after that period.   Palmer says the proposal is based on a successful program in Maine.  The idea has support from both moderate and conservative Republicans, a sign that the GOP's effort to replace the healthcare law could be gaining momentum.


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