Price signals: ObamaCare, RIP

In fact, Price has attempted to repeal and replace Obamacare since before its passage. Democrats have repeatedly accused Republicans of having no alternative to the ACA for health insurance reform, but Price introduced a bill in July 2009 that would have offered reform on free-market principles rather than a federal government takeover of the insurance markets.

Called the “Empowering Patients First Act,” it included the following:

* Tax incentives for buying health insurance rather than a mandate and tax penalties for opting out.
* Federal block grants to states predicated in part on establishing high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions.
* Expansion of health-savings accounts (HSAs) for pre-tax medical expenses.
* Freeing up interstate insurance sales to allow for greater competition.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because Price had a lot of influence on the latest proposal from House Republicans on an Obamacare replacement.