On June 19, the Health Policy Consensus Group, which is a group led by former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and composed of several conservative think tanks, released a white paper proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The proposal is a high-level review of policy options and is not legislative text. However, it does outline the following:
- “Obamacare spending” including Medicaid expansion, cost sharing reductions, and advanced premium tax credits spending would be turned into a block grant for states. States would then use that money to stabilize the marketplace or provide coverage support to low-income individuals.
- Specifically the white paper proposes that 50% of the block grant funding go toward purchasing individuals’ private insurance, and 50% of the block grant funding also needs to support low-income individuals (with both categories overlapping).
- It also suggests that block grants be used toward high-risk pools, and that individuals under the block grant, CHIP, or Medicaid can use the value of their assistance to purchase private insurance.
- No block grant funding can be used toward funding abortions.