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Kansas lawmakers start responding to GOP health care plan

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, right, and House Energy and...
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, right, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., wrap up a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, as House Republicans introduce their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(WIBW)
Published: Mar. 7, 2017 at 12:35 PM CST
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Now that Republican House leaders have officially unveiled their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, the Kansas Congressional delegation is starting to weigh in on the bill.

"I have always advocated for a patient-centered healthcare system in order to put healthcare back in the hands of of the American people," Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-2nd)

. "I am pleased to see that this proposed healthcare legislation is a step in that direction."

The Republican Congresswoman, who represents much of northeast Kansas, also pointed out that the new plan, dubbed the American Care Act, would "make good on [her] commitments" by preserving some of the more popular parts of Obamacare - like insurance safeguards for people with pre-existing conditions, bans on annual and lifetime caps, and the ability for dependents to stay on their parents health plan until they are 26.

She went on to encourage all of her constituents to weigh in on what they thought of the plan, "so I can ensure their voices are heard in Congress."

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-3rd)

the plan will "repeal the most harmful elements of the ACA and offer relief to all those who are suffering."

"Our plan will lower cost of care, put you in control, & offer more options to let you choose what's best for you and your fam," he

.

Like Jenkins, Yoder is also encouraging the people in his district to offer their feedback and let him know what you think of the bill.

The only doctor in the Kansas delegation, Roger Marshall, has not released a statement since the bill's unveiling, when he encouraged voters to go read the bill on a House GOP website.

On Sunday, however, Marshall

in the Washington Times advocating for value pools, which he described as "insurance programs set up to focus specifically on patients with pre-existing conditions."

Marshall said the benefits of these pools are that they would put people with similar pre-existing conditions in "like-risk" groups, where he says they would "be more likely to get the type of benefits and care they need."

The new bill aims to replace the ACA with a system designed along conservative lines. Primarily affected would be some 20 million people who purchase their own private health plans directly from an insurer and the more than 70 million covered by Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people.

Significantly, Price specifically commended GOP plans to provide millions of Americans with a refundable tax credit — meaning even people without tax liability would receive the assistance. Congressional conservatives have opposed a refundable credit, saying it would create a new entitlement program the government cannot afford.

House committees planned to begin voting on the legislation Wednesday, launching what could be the year's defining battle in Congress and capping seven years of GOP vows to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act. It's unclear if Republicans can manage to overcome divisions within their own party and deliver a final product.