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Exploring the American Health Care Act, Congressional Republicans’ ACA replacement plan

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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with representatives from PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Pool/Getty Images

After much anticipating and hand-wringing on both sides of the aisle, House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The “American Health Care Act” would keep a couple of the most popular parts of the ACA -- the ability to stay on your parents’ health insurance until you’re 26 years old and preventing insurance companies from charging more or denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. The revised law would do away with the individual mandate, which imposed a penalty on Americans who chose not to purchase insurance, and instead tries to ensure people maintain coverage by letting insurance companies impose a surcharge if you have a gap between health plans.

The legislation has been met with mixed reviews from Republicans in Congress, and the bill’s plan to target Planned Parenthood isn’t doing much to get Democrats on board. The architects say the bill is designed to be readable by all Americans.

You can read the full text below:

American Healthcare Act by Southern California Public Radio on Scribd

Guests:

Dan Diamond, author of POLITICO Pulse, a daily briefing on health care politics and policy; he also hosts POLITICO’s Pulse Check podcast and tweets @ddiamond

Grace-Marie Turner, founder and president of the Galen Institute, a non-profit policy research organization focusing on health care and tax policy; she’s also a contributor to Forbes.com; she tweets @gracemarietweets

Kavita Patel, M.D., nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; she’s also a practicing primary care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine and was previously a director of policy for The White House under President Obama; she tweets @kavitapmd

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