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Leading conservative health care intellectual rips GOP's plan, says it will 'trap millions in poverty'

Even one of the leading conservative health care intellectuals sees a gaping problem with House Republicans' ObamaCare replacement plan. Early Tuesday — just hours after Republicans released the text Monday of the long-awaited American Health Care Act — Avik Roy, author of Transcending ObamaCare and How Medicaid Fails the Poor, published an article in Forbes titled, "House GOP's ObamaCare Replacement Will Make Coverage Unaffordable For Millions — Otherwise, It's Great."

As Vox founder Ezra Klein noted, that's not a great sign for Republicans:

Roy writes that while the American Health Care Act boasts "a number of transformative and consequential reforms," all of that is "overshadowed by the bill's stubborn desire to make health insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans, and trap millions more in poverty." The bill's pitfalls leave even Roy wondering: "Can such a bill garner the near-universal Republican support it will need to pass Congress?"

Read Roy's full analysis at Forbes.