WASHINGTON D.C. (01/09/2014) - Thousands of people across the country now have insurance who didn't before, but since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Pennsylvanians, on average, have seen an increase in individual market health insurance premiums.
But Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) said he has an answer for those upset about the law. He's introduced the American Health Care Reform Act. It's what he calls a patient-centered alternative to the Affordable Care Act.
Kelly said the American Health Care Reform Act would fully repeal the current health care law. It would permit Americans to shop for health insurance across state lines if they found a cheaper option in a different state. It would also allow small businesses to pool together through association health plans, granting them the same buying power as large corporations. And, it would put those who buy insurance on the individual market on more equal ground with those who get insurance from an employer. But not everything would change.
"A lot of the things in the ACA we agree with," Kelly said. "Allowing people to stay on their parent's insurance until they're 26 – we agree with that. Not turning someone away because of a pre-existing condition – we agree with that."
Kelly says the American Health Care Reform Act will focus on one important thing.
"Let's make it about patients," he said. "Let's make it about patients and their families. Let's make it about patients and their families and their doctors that they rely on to make decisions about their life. That's the key to it. And we can do that."
Kelly says the legislation is still under review. He wants the American people to weigh in to hear what they are looking for in health insurance coverage before taking it any further.