House Republicans are hoping they can pass a 2019 budget designed for a world where the Affordable Care Act is gone, and where the traditional Medicare program looks more like the Medicare Advantage program.
They have started out by posting a draft 2019 budget proposal that gives only general descriptions about how to get from here to there.
Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., the chairman of the House Budget Committee, posted the proposal on the committee’s website today.
Links to information about the budget proposal — including the full text of the proposal, a long description, and a one-page summary — are available here.
Fiscal year 2019 starts Oct. 1.
Drafters of the new fiscal year 2019 budget proposal discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act, briefly, in the long description of the proposal, “A Brighter American Future: A Balanced Budget for FY 2019.”
“Reflecting the long-held conservative consensus in the House, this budget assumes Congress repeals Obamacare and replaces it with a patient-centered, free-market health care system,” the drafters say.
The authors sketch out their views on the future of Medicare in the full-text version of the proposal, in a section with the title “Policy on Medicare Reform.”