How Bush would upend health law

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush touted on Tuesday his plan to repeal and replace President Obama’s health care law with one that would increase tax credits for individuals, allowing them to buy coverage protection for “high-cost medical events.”

“I won’t accept the straw man argument that the opposite of Obamacare is no care,” Bush said in New Hampshire.

He offered no specifics on how many people would be left without health care coverage under his proposal, which would give more power to states to regulate health insurance and repeal the law’s insurance mandates.

His plan would guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions. Bush said it would promote innovation, lower costs and return power to states.

Individuals could get higher tax credits for purchasing health insurance and would be allowed higher contribution limits on health savings accounts for out-of-pocket expenses.

He also would overhaul the regulations imposed by the Food and Drug Administration to help spur innovation in the health care industry and would put limits on malpractice lawsuits. And he would put caps on federal payments to states and create a “transition plan” for 17 million people “entangled” in Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Bush also proposed to limit the tax-free status of employer-provided health insurance, an idea labor unions oppose. His plan would allow states to design Medicaid programs.

Bush and his GOP presidential rivals are united in their calls for repealing the law.


Trump to host ‘SNL’ in November

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will host “Saturday Night Live.”

NBC said its former “Celebrity Apprentice” host will be the headliner of the Nov. 7 show. It’s the second time he has hosted; he was on the show in April 2004.

Sia will be the “Saturday Night Live” musical guest on the night that Trump hosts.

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